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Benefits and How-To’s of Swath Grazing

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Even though it’s only early August, we’re all thinking about what our fall and winter grazing and feeding is going to look like. One option is swath grazing, where instead of baling the cut forage, it’s left in the field in swaths. As Dr. Vernon Brown of Agriculture and AgriFood Canada says in this video, not baling reduces fuel and equipment costs by about 1/3 and the cost of feeding animals overall by about 40%.

If that sounds good to you, first take a look at this article from Jim Gerrish that shows areas of the country where swath grazing works best:

Is Swath Grazing for You?

Then, check out the video below for answers to questions like:

Can I teach cows to swath graze?
How do I choose the right site for swath grazing?
What happens if I get a lot of snow that covers the site?
How do I manage swath grazing?

It’s just 7:22 long and it gets right to the point.

Stay tuned for more articles on grazing through the winter, with some great ones from the folks in Canada who’ve really learned how to do it successfully in cold and snow.

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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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