If you've been reading our blogs for a while, you know that the fastest and easiest way to lower your cost is to maximize grazing time. Of course it is important to have the house lot large enough. – In this blog I give 4 tips for a successful grazing management!

1. Balance supply and demand

Avoid overcrowding by ensuring that sufficient forage is available for the number of animals and the length of time grazing. Don't just think of the grazing, but also the trampling and the rest that is left behind. In this way you prevent overgrazing, damage to soil and crop.

2. Make use of your herd

If given the choice, the flock would prefer to graze the moist, productive areas of the pasture and avoid dry tops where crop quality is lower. Depending on fodder crop, topography and objective, different methods can be applied to achieve 'even' grazing. Temporary and/or permanent fencing and drinking locations can be used to strategically maneuver to effectively move the flock.

3. Make sure you have enough rest time

Forage need time to rest to replenish their energy reserves and prepare for the next round. If plants are not given adequate rest time to recover, production will decline and they become more susceptible to weeds and soil erosion.

4. Make sure you have enough leftover

Residual after grazing is the plant residue that remains after each round of grazing and is a valuable source of nutrition for the soil. Residual insulates the bottom, keeps it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In addition, when residue is 'broken down' it provides nutrients for the surrounding plants and is an excellent protection against soil erosion and water loss through evaporation.

Do you also want to successfully improve your grazing management and maximize grazing within your businessmodel?

In the grazing course, all these topics are discussed in detail; There will be new intake opportunities in June! – You can still register now, this is NOW possible with a 15% DISCOUNT on the course costs!

 

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