Mob Grazing in the Winter – A Good Time to Start

We began using MG way back in the early 90′s during the winter with stockpiled fescue on rented farms. Each year we came to trust more and more what we were doing until we eventually sold all of our hay equipment - one of the best decision we’ve ever made. It was the key to making our farm more profitable. Learning to work with portable fencing and judging stock densities and forage availability is done most easily in the winter. Grass isn’t growing and a back fence to keep cattle from going back on what they’ve grazed is less important. Water, which is often the toughest challenge in developing grazing plans, is easier because cattle are content to walk farther to drink in the winter allowing the farmer to have fewer freeze proof water points. It’s also easier to measure and calculate grass availability for grass that’s not growing, allowing a new grazier time to develop their “grass eye”. Our stockpiled winter pastures are dominated by KY31 fescue. It’s one of the best grasses for winter in our area because it maintains it’s green and doesn’t shrink up and go away when it becomes cold. It maintains enough quality to keep a pregnant cow in good shape through the entire winter. Notice foreground showing small section from previous day's grazing.[/capt

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