Untoward Acceleration

Back in 1959, French Agronomist and rotational grazing visionary, André Voisin, warned farmers in his book, Grass Productivity, that “untoward acceleration” was the greatest danger to rational grazing practitioners. You would think someone who has read one of the bibles of grazing management wouldn’t go down that laneway. It seems my complacency and optimism that it would rain, overshadowed the fact that I was about to hit the proverbial wall. Running into walls usually hurts. Untoward acceleration is a description of what happens when paddocks are not rested long enough between grazings. Each subsequent grazing of the paddock provides less forage and the regrowth period gets shorter throughout the grazing season until most of the plants are overgrazed and there is little or no feed left. This is bad for soil health, plants, animals, water infiltration and your wallet. Voisin rightly said, “The grazier blames the summer for his failure but should blame himself.” In the bowels of grazing management, no one wants to admit they are heading towards an unsustainable future, least of all the grass whispering hypocrite. I’m good with taking the blame. They say if you make mistakes, you’ll learn more. I should be a genius by now! It is apparent from my travels there are many of you who have already wrecked or are approaching the

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2 thoughts on “Untoward Acceleration

  1. Many thanks for speaking of disappointments, Troy. We all have them and it takes guts to share them with others. Even if you have been through that same situation once, or twice, or thrice before, your learning is reinforced when some one else relates how it happened to them. We are all in this together and nature sees to it that we are never experts; humble pie is as drought is in the West- never more than a week away. Which is exactly why On Pasture is such a super valuable resource. C’mon, folks, pitch in and help On Pasture stay alive! It is the cheapest, most efficient education money can buy.

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