Grazing management practices will help ensure there is enough grass in the summer pastures.
Rotational grazing is a practice that was implemented on our ranch years ago. Making smaller paddocks and rotating our cows through each one helps to get the most out of our summer grasses. It requires little more than an electric fence and access to water in each paddock to make it work, and it results in less wasted grass, better recovery on each paddock and the most efficient use of available resources.
It’s important to make sure there are adequate forages available, and rotational grazing helps us to accomplish this. We also plant late-season cover crops and add those into the rotation in the fall, so we can put off feeding hay for as long as possible.
It may seem like a no-brainer to utilize this environmental practice, but it can be a challenge on larger pastures where there is only one main source of water. Yet, this should be a real consideration for producers facing drought.
“According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the area covered by a drought classification jumped from just below 25% to more than 94% in a week. And rain was not in the forecast for the next week,” reports Delta Farm Press.
Mary Hightower with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture offers some recommendations on managing forage as drought risk increases:
Feeding hay and limit grazing during dry weather can stretch available forage on drought-stressed pastures.
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On the topic of pastures, have you taken our pasture tour yet?