We are in a driftless area, meaning we have lots of hills and
valleys. Through the years we have tried to achieve a
operation. We crop the flatter land and pasture the steeper.
The ballance piont we are striving for is to have enough cows to eat
the pasture in the summer and raise enough crops to feed the cow-calf
pairs through the winter until calving season starts again. Through the
years we changed the steeper crop land and turned it into pasture and
added more cows to achieve this ballance..
rotational grazing system is a method of managing the pasture
forage. One object is to keep the desirable forage from
maturing. A simmily would be to stock your refrig with 3 days
food. On day one you eat what you like best; On day two you
the OK things: On day 3 you eat
your least favorite things; but they are still healthy for you and
there is no food left to spoil in the refrig.
divided our pastureland into 14 paddocks and permanently fenced them
with gates between them. They are divided by 5 wire barb
perimeter of the total pasture and also the dividing fences between the
paddocks. With a 2 day grazing period per paddock we complete a pasture
cycle in 28 days. This fence building was more labor intensive to
drastically reduced the fence maintenance for years to come.
we needed to increase the number
of cows in the herd to eat all of the forage in each paddock in 3
summer days. In three days regrouth will become the desired forage in
the paddock. Whatever plants have not been eaten when we move to the
next paddock will now have the rest of the year to repopulate. This is
important to keep
We have 14
paddocks to manage.
WELDED HEAVY GAUGE STEEL
HOT DIP GALVANIZED
FULL FLOW FILL VALVE