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Lessons Learned From a NY Farmer Heading to Year Round Grazing

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John Burns rolls up a line of fencing to let his flerd head to the next pasture. Photo by Troy Bisho
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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

3 Comments

  1. How many lines do you run and at what heights to keep both the cows AND the sheep in? I’ve had trouble trying this with cows and goats. Is there a training period for the sheep on the electric before you let them into the main herd?

  2. tim h. says:

    How often do you have to move the water without a back fence?How many moves till it is neccasary?

    • Paul Nehring says:

      I typically move the back fence and water tank every 3-4 days during the growing season. If you don’t do this the livestock will start to graze regrowth, which will harm future pasture production. However, if the weather is prime for grass growth and there is good moisture, I find that regrowth can occur within a couple of days and I need to then move backfence and water every other day.

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