Mob grazing has increased the carrying capacity of Bruce Anderson’s pastures, but he hasn’t seen any of the other benefits frequently claimed for the method also known as ultra-high stock-density grazing.

“I think it has a role and a place where it can be very effective,” says Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist. “But also there are situations when it may not be most suitable.”

His pastures are on clay-loam soils, and when it rains, the cattle quickly turn them into a “muddy mess,” he says. The muddiness is exacerbated in areas where the cattle trail back over grazed areas to get water.

“There gets to be way more damage than I’d like to see for the long-term health of the stand,” he says. “You end up having a loss in regrowth and stand density in subsequent growth periods.”

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