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The Answers to the Questions You Ask This Time of Year

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  1 Comment

When should I turn my livestock into pasture? What should I look for in my plants to know when it’s time to move the herd to a new pasture?

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It’s time to start the cycle of turning sunshine into money and no matter how many Springs you’ve seen, these same questions pop up every year.  We’ve gotten so many new readers since we started in March of 2013, that you may not have seen the really great answers to these questions.  So here you go:

When should I turn my livestock into pasture?

Things are getting green, and if you’re been feeding for the winter, you’re as excited as your livestock to get back on pasture.  Here’s  a quick walk into the pasture with Jason Rowntree who shows how we know if it’s time to let our grazers out.  It’s a 3 minute video that helps you make sure you’re not jumping the gun.

What should I look for in my plants to know when it’s time to move the herd to a new pasture?

Here’s some background that will help you create a few good “Rules of Thumb” to help you make good grazing decisions.  Ed Rayburn tells us how we can turn sunshine into money by understanding how plants grow.  It sounds complicated, but when he breaks it down for us like this, you’ll see why something as simple as moving animals mid-day or early afternoon makes a difference.  Then he describes how to look at your forage to make sure you’re doing the best you can to collect more sunshine to grow more grass.  In the last article in this series, he describes how to put it all together under rotational grazing.

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Bill Fosher says:

    A quick guide for those in the Northeast and Midwest: chances are that if the snow is up to your knees or deeper, it’s probably too early to start grazing.

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