We’re bringing this article to you from an August 2017 issue of On Pasture because this is a great time to start thinking about setting up bale grazing this coming winter.
Bale grazing is a good tool for improving soil health while reducing costs. This 4:49 minute video from the Natural Resources Conservation Service gives some great tips for setting bales, managing cattle, and getting good results. As you’ll see, the farmers and ranchers using it have found it to be very beneficial to their soils, pastures, cattle and their bottom line.
If this raises questions for you, like “What’s the best time to place bales?” “What’s the best placement pattern?” and how should I manage my livestock as they bale graze?” you’re not alone. For help setting up your bale grazing system, check in with your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office. (Find yours here!)
And if you’ve got answers to these questions for your fellow On Pasture Community members, please do share in the comments below!
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Thanks to the National Grazing Lands Coalition for making this article possible.
The 7th National Grazing Lands Conference is coming up in December and it’s one of On Pasture’s favorites. One of the things that makes it so great is that folks just like you are the speakers, sharing their great experiences. Learn more about the event here. On Pasture will be there. Come see us!