How to Manage Your Pastures Before Grazing

How to Manage Pastures Before Grazing with Ashley Warren, Ruminant Production Specialist

Ashley Warren, Ruminant Production Specialist

As with anything in life, there are things we can control and things we cannot. However, when it comes to best management practices and doing what is most suitable for our land and livestock – we are in control. As grazing and haying season is right around the bend, it is a good time to think about what we can do to get the most out of our ground, and in turn, maximize land profitability and gains on our calves.

Aldo Leopold, a prolific conservationist and foremost expert on land ethics in the 1930’s, said it best, “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

We can build up this community that Leopold talks about by taking steps that are within our control. We can evaluate grass stands as well as monitor weed pressure that may significantly impact forage quantity and quality. With the aforementioned considerations, we can assess stocking densities and what certain pastures can handle before turning out to grass. Additionally, walking fences to observe, ground compaction, drainage, and water quality in streams, creeks, and ponds is very beneficial. It directly impacts not only forage stands, but also an animal’s ability to utilize forages in the area due to quality of the water they are drinking while grazing.

Two Rivers Cooperative Agronomy and Feed Departments are ready to help you build your thriving land community by:

  • assisting with identification and implementation of a weed pressure control program
  • evaluating stands on hayfields and pastures
  • soil testing and hay nutrient analysis
  • providing means to test water quality
  • nutritional and mineral programs designed to fit the specific needs of your operation specific needs of your operation

To learn more about how Two Rivers Cooperative can help you evaluate your pastures, contact me at [email protected] or call at 641-628-4167.

 


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How to Manage Your Pastures Before Grazing