How to Graze Trampled Grass

For some On Pasture readers, there was way too much rain early in the grazing season and the grass got way ahead, causing more trampling issues. If you're wondering how to graze it now, Bruce has some ideas for you. (From an August 2018 issue.) How should you graze regrowth in pastures that had tall growth trampled during a previous grazing? I don’t know but I have some ideas. Grass growth got away from many of us Nebraskans this spring. For some reason the rainfall and temperatures and sunshine all combined to quickly produce so much tall grass that cattle couldn’t eat fast enough. As good as this sounds, when it came time to graze this tall grass much of it got trampled rather than eaten. As we come back to graze those pastures a second time, there is a combination of new regrowth, tall stemmy grass, dead and brown trampled grass, and partly pushed over but still green old grass. How should that mess be handled? Animals turned into these pastures with enough time and space will wander around grazing just the regrowth. When that’s all gone they will stand around and beller to be moved to fresh pasture. That may be fine if you have plenty of pasture, but there are other options. One option that I’m kind of fond of is to increase stock density. In othe

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