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Prepare for evenly grazed pasture
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2012, 02:20:05 AM »
Prepare for evenly grazed pasture

David Burton

A frequently asked question in late May-early June is, “how come my pastures look so spotty grazed?”

The answer is fairly simple, but hard to do much about during that grazing season, according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“An evenly grazed pasture in early summer usually results from optimal grazing pressure early in the spring.

“Get on the pastures early with enough cattle to graze it off like you would with a mower,” said Cole.

According to Cole, don’t leave the cattle on very long and plan on returning for several grazing bouts.

When grass is growing fast, the rest period can be only 10 to 14 days.

“This type of grazing management reduces your chances of having that ragged, spot-grazed pasture later this year,” said Cole.

If a producer’s cattle population is too small to graze the pastures down to a three-inch height, use power fencing to force the cattle to achieve that grazing height.

Keeping the grass, usually fescue, short early in the season also aids in new legume seedling establishment that may be in the mix. Pastures that get away and grow too tall should be cut for hay early in May.

“A May cutting makes excellent hay and sets the pasture up for hay cutting in July or it can be worked into the grazing rotation the rest of the year,” said Cole.

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