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How to Stockpile Grass Like a 12-Year-Old

By   /  August 10, 2020  /  2 Comments

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If a 12-year-old were to set up a ranch they would probably make it simple, easy, and fun. That’s
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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.

2 Comments

  1. Tom A Krawiec says:

    Hi Tony. The latitude I have most of my experience is latitude 54. Combining herds is the only time I use a calendar date. Since daylight hours decrease consistently, it has been my experience that there are not enough hours of sunshine after Aug 7 to grow significant grass. Certainly the grass keeps growing, however, growth is very slow. For animals to graze through 12″-24″ of snow, the grass must be nutritious and significant volume. Therefore, grass should be clipped prior to Aug 7 and that is the date I use for combing herds. That being said, in reality, my range is between July 25 and Aug 7.

  2. Tony Malmberg says:

    This is a great article and I can see application to my grazing practice. I have two questions:
    First, what is your latitude?
    Second, and more importantly, more importantly than a calendar date, what indicators are you using to combine herds and slow your moves.
    Thanks,
    Tony

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