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Potential Mob Graziers Should Consider Precautions

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Allan Savory states in his book “Holistic Management” that stock density is the most un
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Aljoe serves as a pasture and range consultant in the Agricultural Division's consultation program. He also serves as the consultation program manager, coordinating the efforts of the division's agricultural consultants across the division's 47-county service area, in both Oklahoma and Texas. Before coming to the Noble Foundation in 1995, Aljoe was the ranch manager of Belvedere Land & Cattle Corp. for 10 years. He supervised the growth of the ranch from a small 450-acre, 150-head purebred ranch into an extensive 3,900-acre, 1,500-head purebred and commercial cow-calf operation. Forage resources were predominantly introduced bermudagrass pastures (overseeded to ryegrass) that were operated in modified short-duration grazing systems. Aljoe grew up on a family farm in the rural west Texas community of Roscoe.

3 Comments

  1. Frank Egan says:

    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. Jaime R Elizondo says:

    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

  3. Troy Bishopp says:

    Good Stuff Hugh!

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