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Can We Graze Now?

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Let us into the pasture!   Yes, there is green grass. Yes, both you and the livestock are more
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For more than 25 years, Victor Shelton, Indiana agronomist and grazing specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, has provided advice about grazing’s best practices. He travels across the state conducting pasture walks, working one on one with farmers and participating in grazing talks. He also writes a newsletter called "Grazing Bites" as a way to talk about current and seasonal grazing issues and what farmers need to be prepared for.


  1. Robert Barth says:

    Hi! My problem is that winters are pretty mild in my region lately – Hungary, Europe – (probably due to climate change; normally we used to have weather something like in Wisconsin), so I don’t know when it would be wise to start grazing stockpiling. Do grasses go dormant if there is hardly no frost till december? And if there is a couple of cold days followed by spring-like weather? Do I consume root reserves by grazing in mild winters?

  2. Kimberly Hagen says:

    Great piece Victor! Always need this annual reminder to folks to be patient and to wait before grazing too soon in spring. So tempting once the green starts to show…but it sure can set back a pasture growth faster than an Easter rabbit hiding eggs….

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