There are all kinds of ways to feed livestock through the winter. This week we’re going to look at the ins and outs of bale grazing – a practice where you place bales in pasture and then give animals access to them a little at a time.
Unroll or Not?
Some folks feed by unrolling bales. Others follow the practice laid out above. So let’s hear from two bale grazing practitioners.
Greg Judy unrolls his bales and to make it easier, he even created his own hay bale unroller. Here he talks about how it works for him.
Tom Krawiec, a Canadian Rancher, is known for doing the math, and in this article he not only describes the soil and pasture health benefits of bale grazing, but he also compares the costs of unrolling vs feeding whole bales. He agrees that pugging can be a problem when feeding whole bales on ground that isn’t frozen, so that can be a consideration. Overall, he likes the results he gets from concentrated feeding.
More Good Advice
Here’s a great video from South Dakota ranchers talking about their experience with bale grazing. You can watch the video, or read the transcript I provided that highlights lessons learned.
Results May Vary
One of the best pieces of advice from the South Dakota ranchers is to start out small the first year. That gives you time to adjust the practice to your own needs and climate. This article, written by a beginning grazier, gives you a look at some of the challenges you might encounter so you can solve for those before you begin.
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Last But Not Least – A Funny
My favorite holiday is just weeks away. For those who celebrate, here’s a tasty idea.