Potential Mob Graziers Should Consider Precautions

Allan Savory states in his book "Holistic Management" that stock density is the most under-utilized tool in grazing management implying that most graziers have yet to experience the full range of benefits possible from this tool. There are reasons for this; primarily, they have not taken time to use this tool at the ultra-high level. However, in recent years a few graziers have begun tapping into the potential of "mob grazing," or ultra-high stock density (UHSD) grazing, touting its benefits in the popular press and stirring up interest and questions from livestock producers. For those who are considering giving UHSD grazing a try, here are a few precautions to ponder before you proceed. 1. UHSD is not for the novice grazier. One needs to have the infrastructure in place to manage the entire herd in close proximity. You need to have adequate pen and corral space, adequate drinking water and recharge capabilities, adequate fencing with quality energizer to carry electricity to extremities of property, plenty of temporary electric fence supplies and appropriate equipment to quickly deploy it, AND some experience in managed multi-paddock grazing. 2. Start with a goal in mind. With UHSD grazing, the focus is often on the landscape (herd impact), but there should also be emphasis on livestock performance. You don't have to sacrifice performance to achieve landscape goals. Determine what the important outcomes are and how they will be measured. Monitoring instruments include gr

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3 thoughts on “Potential Mob Graziers Should Consider Precautions

  1. G’day,this post contains some interesting advise for farmer’s wishing to go down this path.I would also like to add that at a grazing pressure of one million pounds to the acre for a period however small, soil compaction could be a real issue,also the “crushing” of the standing forage could impact the sub soil biology as standing forage either cools or warms the surface soil depending on the season.Maintaining an open soil structure assists with the work of both worms and dung beetles and a compacted soil works against the efforts of these “free ranch hands”.Frank.

  2. In point #3 you say that grazing the top third leads to longer recovery periods due to higher animal impact.
    How can that be possible ? If you only take a third of the forage on offer the recovery period will be 3 times shorter, not longer, than if you take most all.
    Please explain

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