The Myth of Light, Moderate and Heavy Grazing

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?

By   via On Pasture

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.”

About Land & Livestock Interntional, Inc.

Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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2 Responses to The Myth of Light, Moderate and Heavy Grazing

  1. Pingback: Stocking Rate Rant | Land & Livestock International, Inc.

  2. LMFAO!!!!!!!!! The funniest think about this video is that it’s obvious they’re so unsure about what they’re talking about they can barely speak clearly or make eye contact with the camera and the only time they make eye contact with each other is in attempt to reassure themselves their not just plain silly. It looked like 2 kids trying to get their story straight when you’re asking who stained the sofa.

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