What You Do This Spring Impacts Your Whole Grazing Season

These tips from Troy were timely in 2014. They're things we probably need to be reminded about every year! Enjoy! Believe it or not, sometime in the very near future you will be turning animals out to pasture. Some of you will have a plan and decide when it’s the right time for the land and animals, some of you will open the barn doors using the same recipe as the last ten years and some will open up the farm to grazing because you’re out of options and money. The decisions you make at this critical time will heavily influence the entire grazing season. I fully admit that I’ve been in each of the situations above over my 30 plus years of managing grasslands. It allows me to broach this subject with some vigor. To me, the first grazing of spring is always difficult. You’ve got animals transitioning their rumens to high protein rocket fuel, the weather is very unpredictable with a good chance of mud and you have to somehow predict grass production within a sward that has clumps of orchardgrass and a low carpet of everything else. How do you get the animals to just take one bite and move on anyway? Do you want to be more in control of your first grazing this year and create a better situation for the whole year?  Start by knowing your feed inventory and forage demand and getting it down on

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  1. The advice here applies in the northern plains states as well. We might refer to it as Grazing Readiness, 3.5 leaf stage on native cool season grasses. And then managing the livestock to grazed the tops off the lead tillers (that 25-33%); restores the rhizosphere soil microbe populations to increase mineral Nitrogen for plant growth. Thank you for sharing this story. Lealand Schoon-South Dakota

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