Your Grazing Chart – Figuring Animal Needs

By Troy Bishopp  via On Pasture

Today, we’re headed to a presentation by Troy, the Grass Whisperer, Bishopp to check out how easy it can be to figure our animal needs so we can create a Planned Grazing Chart that works for us.

When planning out your grazing it’s critical to get an idea of how many animals your land will support. You’ll start to realize your pastures are feed inventory like a barn full of hay. No hay in the barn, No options.

Our Grazier Guy knows that we can do better than this.

Our Grazier Guy knows that we can do better than this.

He’s seen that management can make a lot of difference

He's seen that management can make a lot of difference

Now he’s ready for the next step.

Now he's ready for the next step.

Here is a form that I use every day and with all kinds of farmers and ranchers. To download the form shown below, click here, then scroll down to Grazing Worksheets and Charts and click on “Grazing Planning Worksheet Draft.” (Thanks to Central New York Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. for providing this link.)

Here's the front page of this easy to use form.

Yes, animals will eat more or less than 3% of their bodyweight and yes your land will produce more or less depending on your fertility levels, management, weather and a myriad of factors but we have to get baseline knowledge, especially if you’re a new farmer.

The next part of the form lets you use your soils information as a way to figure out how your soil types will affect forage production.  (You can also use the Natural Resources Conservation Services “Web Soil Survey” online tool to find out your soil types and get estimates of forage production.  Here’s an On Pasture article that describes how.)

Here's the back page of the form.

Here are some pictures that give you an idea of how much forage might be in your pastures.

No Forage

150 lbs DM:Acre

200 lbs DM:Acre

300 lbs. dm:acre

Here we look at how much your animals need, how much your pastures produce and how many acres that means you need per day, depending on how often you want to move your livestock.

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This part of the form helps you figure out how many days of rest your paddocks might have, once you fill in the acreages you got when you were mapping your place.

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So there’s what the form looks like when it’s filled out for the Bishopp Family Farms. Now, here’s an equine example. Just click on the picture to see it larger so you can look at all the details.

Grass Whisperer PPT Equine Example

I know this form seems too simple, but it’s a start/ballpark. It has yet to fail me after all these years.

Next, we’ll put it all together!

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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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