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We’re Stockpiling Now for Winter Grazing at Green Pastures Farm

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We have 70 days left until our average killing frost date. That means we’re starting to stockpile now to extend our grazing season, allowing pastures to grow so we won’t have to feed hay this winter. For most folks winter feeding is their largest expense and can be the difference between making a profit or not.

The key for us is leaving good residual. Grasses and forbs can grow back more quickly when you leave enough leaf. Even if you’re not getting rain, the leaves can collect dew and shade the soil so it retains more moisture, helping with regrowth. This gives our pastures a head start going into the fall so we’ll have something to graze this winter.

We’ve also planned and charted our grazing, and managed our animal numbers so that we don’t overgraze and we can leave some pastures to stockpile. What are you doing to extend your grazing season? What would you like to know about getting started?

Greg shares lots of great information on his website. Head on over to see more.

 

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Greg and Jan Judy of Clark, Missouri run a grazing operation on 1400 acres of leased land that includes 11 farms. Their successful custom grazing business is founded on holistic, high-density, planned grazing. They run cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, stockers, a hair sheep flock, a goat herd, and Tamworth pigs. They also direct market grass-fed beef, lamb and pork. Greg's popularity as a speaker and author comes from his willingness to describe how anyone can use his grazing techniques to create lush forage, a sustainable environment and a successful business.

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