Angela Percival wrote:Your county extension might have a website that could tell you more about soils, forage, possible pasture grasses, etc. The Soay will definitely graze as well as browse. Where is the land located?
Walter Jeffries wrote:Yes, the math comes out somewhere along the line of you can graze
all in the "Animal Units" space of two cows because each of them eats slightly differently. Those numbers are not exacting and will vary with the pasture quality and type.
Our pigs graze and root little but they will take fresh pasture that is brushy and work on turning it to better pasture for cows. Sheep will eat more brush than most cows. Pigs also eat cow poops as there is digestible matter, especially if you feed corn to the cows. We don't grain/commercial hog feed our pigs (or sheep or chickens).
How you do the grazing patterns matters a lot. Simply turning the animals out on land is not sufficient to optimize the use of the land, plants and animals. Thus the managed rotational grazing. It doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it's very easy.
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