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Calculating Paddock Size for Dairy Cattle

By   /  June 10, 2013  /  Comments Off on Calculating Paddock Size for Dairy Cattle

While this video targets dairy graziers, anyone raising livestock on pasure can benefit from spending 5 minutes with this video. You’ll learn how to do the quick and easy math to figure out how big your pastures should be to meet your animals’ needs, factoring in fast or slow regrowth through the grazing season.

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In What Does Light, Moderate and Heavy Grazing Look Like? you get a visual of different intensities of grazing so you can take a quick look at your pasture and decide if you should move to the next pasture. But what if you’d like to plan ahead for the rest of the season to make sure you’re going to have what you need to feed?

If you have 5 minutes, Sarah Flack can show you how to make your calculator work for you.

Enjoy!

Can we suggest a  free grazing chart to write down plans? Our very own GrassWhisperer, Troy Bishopp, put them together for you because he’s found they reduce worry and actually help him enjoy life more by making sure he schedules time off with his family.

Here's the GrassWhisperer out enjoying one of the Saranac Thursday concerts, made possible by good planning and writing in time for fun on his grazing chart!  Kathy says, "Thanks for showing off my Zombie Victory Gardens T-shirt!"

Here’s the GrassWhisperer out enjoying one of the Saranac Thursday concerts, made possible by good planning and writing in time for fun on his grazing chart! Kathy says, “Thanks for showing off my Zombie Victory Gardens T-shirt!”

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About the author

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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