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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Rotational grazing redux
These four steers are on 10 acres of river bottom land; pretty rich, nice stuff. Grows great grass, high water table so you really don't have to irrigate; pretty much trouble free, lush grazing. They're standing on grass they've been grazing for two months now, and they move themselves around the pasture and eat as they please. when it gets to ankle length they move on to another patch.
Rotational grazing is about grazing your land to its carrying limits. but old-style free grazing, if you're stocking very few head of livestock per acre, works pretty darned well and its about as trouble free as you can get. I check the cattle every few days, walking into the pasture to find them and looking at the overall condition of the land, and then that's about it.
I don't write much about the cattle because they really don't take much time at all. I understand completely the lure of cattle ranching. Its pretty satisfying to look out and see them pretty much taking care of themselves.