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Managing Multi-Species Grazing

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Here’s a great overview of how to add different species of grazers to your operation.  Sandy covers the basics of forage, fencing, shelter, handling equipment, and water, with some great tips on inexpensive solutions, and making sure you don’t get in over your head.

Enjoy!  And if you have some tips of your own, send us a note and we’ll add them to the comments section below.

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Sandra Kay Miller is a female farmer, damn good cook and witty writer slicing her finger open on the cutting edge of sustainable agriculture. Visiting her Painted Hand Farm is like living a crash course on all that's right with food and farming today - taught by one of the most delightful people ever to rebuild an antique Babson Surge Milker (and use it!) or raise a goat from birth to curry pot. Sandra has served on the boards of many organizations and has been instrumental in developing farmers markets. She's a prolific writer and speaker sharing her knowledge and experience with others.


  1. We graze Large Black hogs with chickens, and in the past with feeder lambs. We have seen great improvements with soil fertility and forage quality in our sandy soils. We have also seen the change in animal health as the need for antibiotics and commercial wormers has greatly diminished

  2. TexasLady says:

    You forgot to mention that grazing different species can damage health. I recently checked with my veterinarian asking if I can graze my goats and cows together. She told me that I could, but both get BVD. I have registered Angus and registered Boers. I asked if i could test the Boers to be sure they didn’t carry anything that could infect my cows. She said, the test is not 100%. If it is wrong, you could infect all your cows with illness.

    I decided to forget the idea of mixing them. Although it could be beneficial to the pasture, the cost could be more than I want to pay. http://www.bvd-info.ch/veterinarians/infos/faq.html

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