I hesitated to re-blog this because I was afraid of misleading some people. But, I decided publish it as an example of what is wrong with conventional range management (the so-called “science” that has destroyed more good rangelands than all the cattle in the world put together).
So, if you are going to watch the video, you might think about plugging your ears so you can’t hear the narrative.
Meantime, keep in mind that harmful grazing technique has little to nothing to do with animal numbers. It has everything to do with time. During periods of active growth, grazing periods should be shortened to the point that no plant gets a second bite and all plants have fully recovered before the animals are returned to that pasture. During dormancy, no harm what-so-ever is done to a dormant perennial grass plant if you graze it off or trample it down to the surface of the soil. — jtl
What Does Light, Moderate and Heavy Grazing Look Like?
One of our readers asked for it, and here it is: a 5 minute video to give you a picture of what different levels of grazing look like.
If you’re wondering if it’s time to move the animals, and need a quick look at what a pasture looks like under different degrees of grazing pressure, take 5 minutes with this video from grazing experts at the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service.
“Uh -oh,” you say. ”I’m not from Wyoming. Does this apply to me?” Though rest and recovery periods are different for different parts of the country due to soils, precipitation and forage species, the measures of grazing pressure described here apply no matter where you live.
We also want to give a shout out to our western graziers, who cope with large scale pastures and arid climates. Here’s something to help you with your large acreage pastures.
Would you like a way to calculate how large your pastures should be? Check out “How to Calculate Pasture Size.”
- The Ranch Profitability Secret More Powerful Than Genetics (landandlivestock.wordpress.com)
- Rotational Grass Grazing Workshop (wildramp.wordpress.com)