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The New Grazing Charts Are Here!

By   /  February 9, 2015  /  2 Comments

Yes! It’s our favorite time of year when Troy shares the new, blank grazing charts so that we can all get started planning for the green up. And this time, he’s sharing a little about why he does what he does as well.

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If you read my On Pasture articles or followed along with my Stockpile Grazing series this winter,
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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

2 Comments

  1. Paul Nehring says:

    And one more thing, using excel Gantt charts is a great way to plan for pastured poultry production, where you need to be able to clearly see dates for brooder occupancy–each batch of chicks needs 3 weeks in the brooder–as well as pasture moves–we use weekly moves in a day range system–and the final butchering date, at about 8 weeks of age.

    Again, if you decide to start your first batch earlier or later in the spring, it bumps all the next batches accordingly for all events.

  2. Paul Nehring says:

    What I like to do is use a something called a Gantt chart in excel. The thing I like about doing the grazing planning using this method is that when I change a grazing event, such as shorten or lengthen the time the livestock are in a pasture, it automaticly updates the following events, so that I don’t have to erase them on a paper chart and start over. So, if I have planned for cattle to be in pasture A for ten days, starting on April 15th and ending April 25th, but then realize that they should only be there for 7 days, I make the change, and the move to Pasture B, then also changes from the 25th to the 22nd. The pasture B grazing event stays the same length of time, unless I change it, 10 days for instance, and so the move date to pasture C also has changed. Anyway, for you geeks it’s worth a try.

    The Gantt excel template is something that I found at http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/excel-gantt-chart.html
    There are likely others that will work just as well. This company offers a free version and a paid version.

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