February 21, 2022

Bale Grazing Advice From Ranchers to Save Money, Improve Soil and Forage, and Have a Better Life

Why bale graze? To save money. One of the ranchers interviewed here says it costs him 14¢ per head per day to haul hay to his herd, but only a penny a day to feed bales in pasture. Not only that, each of the ranchers interviewed found that bale grazing improved their hay fields thanks […]

February 24, 2020

To Unroll or Not to Unroll? What Gives the Most Bang for the Buck When Bale Grazing?

The other day my buddy, Steve Kenyon, and I were discussing why concentrated bale grazing is so superior for pasture rejuvenation versus unrolling bales. Steve is the author of ‘The Calendar of the Year-Round Grazier,’ teaches a course on how to graze year-round, and has been bale grazing for more than 20 years. Steve is […]

January 6, 2020

Outwintering Cattle With Stockpile and Bale Grazing

If you’re outwintering cattle, you have many options for providing the forage they need. In addition to grazing stockpiled pasture, I have tried bale grazing and unrolling hay. I have found all three methods to be useful in different situations. Preparing for Winter Before switching to seasonal heifer development, I used to outwinter a custom […]

November 4, 2019

Bale Grazing to Feed the Herds Above and Below Ground

Thanks to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service staff in Montana for this helpful article! The last thing most people think about when they see a field full of grazing cattle is what is going on underneath those hooves. Producer Kalyn Bohle has given it some thought. Bohle has land six miles southwest of Plevna, […]

July 30, 2018

This Winter, Improve Soil Health (and Your Life) With Bale Grazing

Bale grazing is a good tool for improving soil health while reducing costs. This 4:49 minute video from the Natural Resources Conservation Service gives some great tips for setting bales, managing cattle, and getting good results. As you’ll see, the farmers and ranchers using it have found it to be very beneficial to their soils, […]

November 14, 2016

Bale Grazing Dos and Don’ts

If you’re going to be feeding your livestock this winter, bale grazing could be right for you. It can save you time and money and even improve your pastures. Here are some tips from the Manitoba Grazing Council to help you get started and make it work for you. How Many Bales Should You Put […]

December 2, 2013

Bale Grazing: Feed the Cattle, Feed the Pasture

If you didn’t have a chance to stockpile forage for winter grazing, here’s another way to make your life easier, your animals’ lives better, all while improving your pastures.

June 24, 2019

Forage Sampling For Haying and Grazing and Tips on Bale Size

Forage sampling in a standing pasture allows us to get a feed value estimate of forages that will be fed to livestock. It’s also helpful for making sure your forage is at the best stage for cutting hay. While you can look at it, checking the color, leaf to stem content, and the stage of […]

October 23, 2017

Winter Shelter for Bale and Swath Grazing Cattle

If you’re thinking about leaving your cattle out to graze this winter, you might be wondering what kind of shelter they’ll need to protect them from the cold, wind and snow. You have a lot of options, as the ranchers in this 5:00 minute video from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry demonstrate. Some ranchers have found […]

June 9, 2014

Staying Ahead of Your Forage: Haying, Baleage and Grazing

Victor Shelton of the NRCS in Indiana puts out a monthly newsletter called “Grazing Bites.” In the June issue he talks about what we can do to stay ahead of our forage when it’s growing rapidly in the early grazing season.

April 4, 2022

Starting the Grazing Season with the Price of Hay and Fertilizer in Mind

On Pasture reader Richard Moyer wrote me in March about the interesting times we live in and what they might mean for the 2022 grazing season. He said he’d been talking with friends in southern Appalachia about rising fuel and fertilizer prices for the upcoming season. Here’s a sample of what the conversations look like: […]

March 14, 2022

A Walk Through of How to Use Your Grazing Chart

Have you downloaded your grazing chart? Have you started looking at the list of questions that will help you get your planning underway? Do you have estimates for forage production and for how much forage your livestock need? With all that, are you still a little unsure of what the next steps are? Well, never […]

February 14, 2022

Right-Sizing Your Grazing Operation – What Works Best?

John Marble and Troy Bishopp have something in common with many On Pasture readers. They expanded their grazing operations by renting pastures and grazing more cattle. John owned only two of the 11 properties where he grazed cattle. Troy rented 5 properties plus his home farm where he grazed cattle for his custom grazing business. […]

December 6, 2021

Winter Grazing to Protect Soils

This month’s Grazier’s Focus is on managing our winter grazing to future forage. Victor Shelton adds to this by reminding us what to do when we’re dealing with a wet winter. I’ve enjoyed several good autumn days and joked, “it can just stay this way and then turn nice!” But, winter is coming. I do […]

November 15, 2021

Are you GRAZING or just grazing?

Making more money from your pasture is not just about soil fertility, it’s about management. Darrell explains how much more weight his herd gained on a shorter sward, and how he managed the pasture to get from just grazing to GRAZING.

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