Hello, On Pasture Community!
We have another question from one of your fellow-community members. We all have this issue of grasses going dormant for part of the year, so we bet you’ve got some experience and some suggestions for Pete:
I have a 40-acre ranch in California, in the Sierra foothills below Yosemite. I also do rotational grazing with cattle using electric fencing and I move the cattle around in the winter and spring, using small paddocks, giving the grass a chance to recover.
What I’m not sure about is what to do when the grass dies (it dries up by early June and stays that way till Nov/Dec). At that point I know there’s a lot less protein & nutrition in the grass, so I’ve been supplementing with alfalfa. But the main thing I wonder about is whether there is any point in continuing the rotational grazing once the grass dies, since I know the grass will not recover for many months!
I’ve had trouble finding information and guidance about this issue which I would call “[whether to continue] rotational grazing during summer in a temperate climate. Your suggestions and links to articles would be appreciated.
Thanks a lot.
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