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Mob Grazing – Definition, Benefits, Drawbacks and Implementation

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  1. Darrel Franson says:

    I’ve yet to hear a mob grazer report his/her production in terms of lbs. of beef/acre with stockers, or lbs. of beef/acre with cow-calf, or lbs. of milk/acre with a dairy. Yes, the resource (land) must be sustained, and mob grazing certainly does that, but so does intensive grazing where the cattle graze from eye or ear down to nose; with shorter rest periods, less residue, and more vegetative (quality) growth. This is what we do and my O.M. over the last 22 years has come from an average (2.5 ac. grid samples) of 2.8% to an average of 4.3%. The past 5 yrs. my cow-calf operation has produced an avg. of 402 lbs. of beef (calves & cull cows sold) per acre. What is that number for the mob grazer? This with all of our hay made on the same land for winter feeding. I can see where my “pasture repair” costs will be higher as excessive rain brings damage that must be repaired. The economics of mob grazing, the profitability, needs to be included in the debate. Will it work when the cattle market cycle heads south? What is a Mob Grazier’s Yield in Marketable Product?

  2. Tom Crofton says:

    What about flies?
    Do you drag the manure patties?
    What about weeds?
    Do you move the back fence to keep the paddock small?
    We have 20 head so our herd is about 15-20,000 lbs mid summer (incl calves) should we think in terms of 1/10 acre twice a day?

    We have been moving cattle daily when the grass gets down to 3 inches
    We are willing to let it get taller before we start this spring and graze to 7-8

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