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Grazing Winter Stockpile Part 4 – The Gory Details

By   /  January 5, 2015  /  2 Comments

Rain, Mud, Frozen Forage, and Snow, OH MY! Here’s more on the realities of winter grazing.

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Editors Note: Troy Bishopp (aka The Grass Whisperer) has been sharing what’s happening on his
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Troy Bishopp, aka “The Grass Whisperer” is a seasoned grazier and grasslands advocate who owns, manages and linger-grazes at Bishopp Family Farm in Deansboro, NY with his understanding wife, daughters, grandchildren and parents. Their certified organic custom grazing operation raise dairy heifers, grass-finished beef and backgrounds feeder cattle on 180 acres of owned and leased pastures. Troy also mentors farmers on holistic land management for the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition as their regional grazing specialist. This award-winning free-lance writer, essayist and photographer maintains a website presence at www.thegrasswhisperer.com

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  1. Bill Beaman says:

    We had nearly an identical weather pattern here in Southern Iowa. The mud was the worst. During a four day period I moved 61 fall calving beef pairs to our abandoned railroad track paddock and just hayed them. When the ground froze, we went back to grazing the pasture paddocks again. Thanks for the great articles!

    • Bill, much the same pattern here in Lillooet, BC Canada also. When it got soggy we let the herd have more ground to minimize the damage. We’ve been joking that we have had early break-up 1 and 2 already this winter. Thankfully, we’re frozen back up now. But just now I was checking my weather… It’s -5C/21F and snowy right now, and the forecast says in two hours it will be +5C/41F… Hmm. I guess I’ll just fall back on my old motto: Expect nothing and be prepared for anything.

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