Rotational grazing is the base of our system in keeping a grass-fed, grass-finished herd. The object is to give the herd a more condensed feeding area at a time. There are so many benefits in this system, not the least of which includes available food source. In the colder months, we provide hay that we harvest right here on the ranch. In order to keep a good supply of hay for the coming season, the herd moves back over to grass feeding in the Spring, Summer and as much of the Fall as possible. As it is a natural instinct for the animals to graze, this also benefits their well being.
Another major factor of rotational grazing is the weed management. When given a larger portion or pasture the herd will overlook a lot of the weeds available. With the condensed sectioning, we see them eat more around them and trample everything else. The stock density also gives the land increased fertility with the natural fertilization the animals are providing.
Perhaps the biggest benefit we see is the increase in forage per acre. In just under a week the grasses have already been able to bounce back about half of their original growth. Managing their grazing time and a rest period for the grasses while giving the natural fertilization from the animals allows a strong reproduction. This in turn makes the grasses more effective not only during the grazing seasons but for the collection of hay. Happy cows (and ranchers) all around!