What’s the Impact of Grazing Without Recovery Periods?

This is a little inspiration for thinking about your grazing management and what your goals are.  In this two minute, time lapse video you'll see how continuous grazing impacts the overall production of a forage grass -  orchardgrass in this case. The plant on the left is "grazed" (clipped) every week regardless of whether or not it has recovered. The plant on the right is grazed once a month and so recovers much more quickly. Over time you'll see that there is less and less forage being provided by the plant on the left as it struggles to regrow. https://youtu.be/KuB8ProHjCI Of course, the thirty day recover period in this video is only for demonstration purposes. In your pastures, the recovery period changes over the course of the grazing season. In the spring, grasses grow quickly so recovery periods can be shorter. As the summer wears on, grasses grow more slowly and recovery periods are longer. Dave Pratt lays out the principles you can use for determining recovery period length in his excellent article here: https://onpasture.com/2018/06/25/figuring-out-how-long-pasture-recovery-takes-part-2/ Your Goals Will Determine What's Right For You If you're planning to renovate or seed a pasture, the short grazing with no rest or recovery could be ideal for providing a good seeding environment. Some short grazed areas might also be in order if, like Brent Durham, you're trying to provide wildlife habitat for certain bird species. Repeated short grazing can als

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