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Here’s How to Tell When It’s time to Let the Cows Out

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Comments Off on Here’s How to Tell When It’s time to Let the Cows Out

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It’s the time of year when we’re all chomping at the bit to head out to green pasture.  We can see the grass coming up, we’re tired of feeding hay and our stock is tired of eating it.  We know that hitting our pastures too soon could come back to bite us later and might mean more hay feeding next year. Every spring it’s the same struggle – to graze or not to graze!

Jason Rowntree of Michigan State University can help you in just 3 short minutes.  In this video, he shows you how he use his trusty grazing stick to tell him whether he can put his animals on pasture.  It’s so easy, you’ll want to do it too!

If you don’t have a grazing stick already, here’s a link to places you can find one!   Remember that different areas require different measurement sticks.

natglc-logo-1Thanks to the National Grazing Lands Coalition for making this article possible. Click on over to see the great work they do for all of us. Thank them for supporting On Pasture by liking their facebook page.

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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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