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What’s Left in Your Pastures Can Tell You What You Might Need to Do Differently

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Here’s what you can look for in your pasture to see if your grazing management needs adjustment.

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In October of 2015, Dave Scott of ATTRA’s National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte, Montana shared videos about managing grazing to improve pastures. This is the second in the series.

Sometimes things don’t go as well as you’d hoped even though you were trying your best to manage and meet a particular pasture growth goal.  In this case, Dave is managing his pastures to leave a 6 to 8 inch residual. That’s good for grass regrowth and good for the soil. For the most part, things go really smoothly and he meets his goals. But in one paddock, there’s one little 20 x 100 foot patch that grows differently, and the sheep graze it and hammer it. The good news that comes from this is that it provides an opportunity for you to see the difference between Dave’s successful management and overgrazing. He shows you how there’s no litter to feed the soil microbes, and no shade to keep them from getting too hot and dying. So take 5 minutes, check out the video, and then ask yourself, “Do I have some areas like this that need a little more attention?”

Enjoy!

Here’s the link for our tablet readers.

This is the second in the series.  If you missed the first, here it is!

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.

SAVE THE DATE

The National Grazing Lands Conference is scheduled for December 2 – 5, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. It’s one of the best conferences we’ve been to, so you’ll want to be there!

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About the author

Dave Scott is a Livestock Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Dave has 30 years experience with intensive grazing, including dairy and sheep. He has also served as a part-time consultant in management-intensive grazing, helping ranchers design and implement grazing systems that increased their stocking rates and net profits. Currently, Dave and his wife, Jenny, operate Montana Highland Lamb, a 200-ewe enterprise that markets over 50% of their grass-based natural lamb directly to the consumers in southwest Montana.

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