How to Work With Neighbors to Graze Their Cover Crops and Crop Residue

One of the ways that graziers can extend their season is by working with neighboring crop farmers to graze their cover crops and crop residue. So in this month's Grazier's Focus, we're giving you some tools to help with the challenge of actually speaking to your neighbors and working out an agreement that's beneficial to everyone. There's a summary at the end to recap what we've learned. Let's start with these examples provided by the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada. From Saskatchewan to Manitoba and Ontario these graziers have had success with grazing cattle on neighboring crop land. Leanne Thompson and Tannis Axten are neighbors in southeastern Saskatchewan. The Thompsons own and operate a cow-calf and backgrounding operation with 500-800 head of mother cows as well as backgrounding cattle. The Axten family owns and operates a 6,000 acre grain farm that is highly diverse, focusing heavily on soil health and intercropping. Both operations have experienced mutual benefits by arranging to have the Thompsons’ cattle graze stubble and cover crops on the Axtens

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