Do you look for pasture with good mix of grass with seed heads, or in other words do you look for grasses for the cattle to graze the top third( energy ) of plant to pack the pounds? When do you need energy of plant and when do you need lower parts of the plant (which I think is higher in protein)?
When grazing cattle and towards the finishing phase, what kind of pasture do you gravitate towards?
Also do you open the stock density so the cattle can really choose all the ice cream plants they want to get poundage or is it better to graze the pasture in higher density in order to make the pasture better or ready for the next grazing.
at first glance it all seems so complicated but it seems simple principles can eliminate much of the bewilderment.
Sue Miller wrote:Thanks for the reply, Adam. What is the optimal grazing stage for the grass plant? Do you practice holistic grazing ala Allan Savory?
Sue Miller wrote:Thanks for the book recommendations. I will check them out. The concept I can't figure out is this: One begins grazing in the spring when the grass is in the boot stage, correct? Then as you move day by day across a large area, the sections in your future are maturing beyond boot and into seed heads. The sections behind the animals are in recovery. None of it is optimal anymore. Second pass of the season x weeks later when section one recovers and is in the boot stage again, same thing repeats. What am I missing?
Sue Miller wrote:
Are details like this explained in more depth in your book or the others you mentioned?
Sue Miller wrote:If executed perfectly will the grass in all sections mainly be in the boot phase for the second pass?
Sue Miller wrote:It's sheep and kunekune pigs (grazers not rooters) that I am raising if that makes any difference. The pastures I am using are new to me and in terrible shape. Thin grass and thinner soil. I'm hoping to improve them through proper grazing.
Sue Miller wrote:I very much appreciate you taking the time to set me on a path that is understandable. I do know some people deep in the holistic management field locally but for some reason they won't come right out and make recommendations that are simple and useable.
I've been watching Greg Judy videos but I suppose he is different enough from Savory that there would be disagreement?
Adam Klaus wrote:
Greg Judy is great, so is Savory. They both work in different contexts with different objectives, so their methods and philosophy varies. Not to say that one is better than the other, just that they have different emphasis.