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How to Figure Out How Big Your Pasture Should Be

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From June of 2013, here’s a timely article for those of you wondering “Is my pasture the right size?” While Sarah’s video targets dairy graziers, anyone raising livestock on pasture can benefit from spending 5 minutes watching. You’ll learn how to do the quick and easy math to figure out how big your pastures should be to meet your animals’ needs, factoring in fast or slow regrowth through the grazing season. It also gives you a reference back to another article to help you judge the degree of grazing you’re getting. Enjoy!

In What Does Light, Moderate and Heavy Grazing Look Like? you get a visual of different intensities of grazing so you can take a quick look at your pasture and decide if you should move to the next pasture. But what if you’d like to plan ahead for the rest of the season to make sure you’re going to have what you need to feed?

If you have 5 minutes, Sarah Flack can show you how to make your calculator work for you.


Can we suggest a  free grazing chart to write down plans? Our very own GrassWhisperer, Troy Bishopp, put them together for you because he’s found they reduce worry and actually help him enjoy life more by making sure he schedules time off with his family.

Your FREE Grazing Chart Is Here – Along With All the How-To-Use-It Info You Need

Thanks to the National Grazing Lands Coalition for making this article possible. Click on over to see the great work they do for all of us. Thank them for supporting On Pasture by liking their facebook page.

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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