Michael Radelut wrote:I can only imagine what someone like Greg Judy would say if he looked at that photo
Michael Radelut wrote:Your grasses have already developed seedheads, which means they've gone past their blaze of growth into reproductive (st)age, in the process depriving the legumes beneath them of light and causing those brown spots on the ground.
Michael Radelut wrote:
For both, however, letting grasses go to seed is simply a byproduct of setting aside areas for bad times; it is never employed "by accident".
Letting pasture go to seed because your rotation is too slow or because you haven't got enough animals is bad management (if you're using this framework).
John Polk wrote:@ Phil,
If you are considering reseeding your pastures, here is an interesting read:
They use herbal leys mixed into the grasses to improve the health of both the animals and the soil.
Your savings in fertilizer would more than pay for the seeding.
M Troyka wrote:Be sure to collect some puffballs to blow around in places where you didn't have dandelions before .
M Troyka wrote:I'm trying to figure out about how much land per cow is needed for rotational grazing, as I have yet to find any reliable figures on it.
Cj Verde wrote:Not sure if those measurement sticks are available down under
Phil Hawkins wrote:
M Troyka wrote:
Now that I have combined my herds, I have found that if I expose three ~2000 sq. ft. "squares" each day, they leave the grass in something that looks (to me, anyway) like the 60-30-10 type guidelines that Greg Judy suggests in his presentation. 6000 square feet is 0.13 of an acre. Given I have about 25 acres of pasture, that translates to 190 days worth, so it should mean that I do about two full rotations per year.
Phil, how many head do you have on your 25 acres (6000 sqft per day)? The pasture looks terrific from where they just grazed to where they are headed. Any challenges along the way that you can share on this shift system? Lastly, if you didn't want to shift them each day, then could you perhaps set up your paddocks in 18,000 sqft size and shift them every three days... does it work like that?
Tim Southwell wrote:
I have 23 acres that a friend wants to pasture 30 steers on this year for sale in the fall. I told him about Mob Grazing / Paddock shift via Salatin and would he be interested to pursue.... if so, I'll pony up another 30 head and we can move 60 on the land.
Tim Southwell wrote:As I am uncertain about the pasture health, grass population variety, etc, would it make sense to rest the pasture this first year, introduce a Polyculture seed mix of annuals and perennials while building up organic matter, then look to graze in 2014?