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You Don’t Have to Practice Yoga to Be a Flexible Grazier!

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In most livestock operations, the largest expense is winter feed. As a grazier, it has been my goal
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Tom, along with his wife Jan, started raising & direct marketing hogs, sheep, cattle, turkeys, & chickens in 1999, the same year they completed a Holistic Management course. Their operation slowly morphed into custom grazing cattle on rented land and Tom’s passion for managing grass grew in the process. Tom & Jan completed the Ranching for Profit school in 2003 and found the ‘missing piece’. Since then, Jan has fulfilled her dream of being a nurse & Tom is currently the Production Manager of a ranch in north east British Columbia.

4 Comments

  1. Curt Gesch says:

    Where are you located?

  2. Niels Corfield says:

    Tom,

    Thanks for.fhis great article and for sharing your experiences so openly.
    One thing I’d like to inquire about, is how you achieving your clipping evenly across the paddock?
    What technique do you use for this generally?

    Thanks again. Stockpile is the way.

    All the best

    • Tom A Krawiec says:

      Hey Neils. I don’t achieve an even graze. All I’m asking the animals to do is the best job possible in the time they are in the paddock. Most times it looks like they have barely touched the grass and they are on to another paddock. As I pointed out in the article, concentrate on your grazing plan and basically forget about the grass during the first rotation. There is lots of talk during the spring about haying or clipping excess grass, in my experience, the best thing to do is just keep moving. As a side note, when building new paddocks, my goal is to have long narrow paddocks. Between each paddock the fence has a gate at each end and one in the middle. During the first and sometimes second rotation, all the gates are left open so the animals can roam and clip a larger area. It allows you to get your grass clipped and frees up labour because the animals don’t have to be moved as often.

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