Planning For, and Managing Through Drought

Drought Proofing  Your Business 1. Develop and maintain a desirable, drought resistant, ecological state. Soils with a high proportion of plant cover are more resistant to capping than soils with low cover. Soils with high organic matter absorb and hold more water than soils low in organic matter. Broad-leafed grasses require less water per pound of growth than narrow-leafed grasses or weeds. Through good management we can increase cover, increase the organic matter and shift species composition to a more desirable, more drought resistant state. 2. Crossfence to control where and when livestock graze, and increase density. Plants grow more slowly during drought. That means paddocks need more rest. To get longer rests without increasing the graze period you’ll need to increase the number of paddocks available per herd. We can accomplish this by combining herds or subdividing existing paddocks. Both of these strategies increase stock density. Increasing density will generally increase the distribution of livestock in the paddocks and improve the uniformity of grazing. Combining herds has the added advantage of creating a larger herd which will make it easier to achieve herd effect. Herd effect can help break capping and increase the effectiveness of whatever rain does fall. 3. Develop a long-term secure water supply. Fencin

All the grazing management tips you need

Subscribe to read this article and over 2,500 more!

Subscribe today!

If you're already a subscriber, log in here.

Translate »