Patrick Winters wrote:
A question: if one was going to follow cattle with sheep and get the most out of a pasture, how many sheep should be used in proportion to the cattle herd size? I've heard numbers as high as 5-6 sheep per acre in the Northeast, but what would be the safer size for both herds when sharing sward? Should both herd sizes be reduced?
Leila Rich wrote:I think it's important to limit clover/legumes in pasture as the lush spring growth can cause bloat. I'd have a good look at non-legume/grass species: forbs like chicory, dandelion and plantain are great nutrient accumulators in pasture.
Patrick Winters wrote:I see a lot of discussion of how many animals per acre, and lots of talk about the clear superiority of rotating paddock systems. What I don't fully understand is whether the acreage estimates take paddocking into account, or whether these estimates expect you to multiply them by 3 or 4. If you have 50 cattle on lush pasture, would it be 100 acres split into four 25-acre paddocks with rotation every couple weeks, or would it be four 100-acre paddocks?
kent smith wrote:I am a fan of using temporary electric fencing rather than set paddocks. I move our two steers each evening or late afternoon and it takes me about 20 minutes.