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Monitoring What’s Left Behind In Your Pastures

By   /  October 19, 2015  /  Comments Off on Monitoring What’s Left Behind In Your Pastures

In this 5 minute NCAT video, Dave Scott shows you how to look at your pastures to make sure you’re leaving behind as much as you’d hoped. He also gives you a good look at overgrazing and the downsides of that.

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Here’s part three in this series of videos by Dave Scott of Montana Highland Lamb (Home Grown & Happy) in Whitehall Montana and ATTRA’s National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte, Montana.

Sometimes things don’t go as well as you’d hoped even though you were trying your best to manage and meet a particular pasture growth goal.  In this case, Dave is managing his pastures to leave a 6 to 8 inch residual. That’s good for grass regrowth and good for the soil. For the most part, things go really smoothly and he meets his goals. But in one paddock, there’s one little 20 x 100 foot patch that grows differently, and the sheep graze it and hammer it. The good news that comes from this is that it provides an opportunity for you to see the difference between Dave’s successful management and overgrazing. He shows you how there’s no litter to feed the soil microbes, and no shade to keep them from getting too hot and dying. So take 5 minutes, check out the video, and then ask yourself, “Do I have some areas like this that need a little more attention?”


Here’s the link for our tablet readers.

This is the second in the series.  If you missed the first, here it is!

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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