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Getting Started With Pastures

There are several considerations to make when getting started with pastures. Animal species, stocking rate, and animal nutrition are a few of the more important considerations to make.

The selection of animals that work best in a grazing situation starts at the ground and goes up from there.

Stocking rate is the number of animal units which can be grazed on a per acre basis and which allows both the best utilization of the forage and animal performance while still maintaining a healthy forage stand.

Low density and more mature forage is better suited for grazing by mature animals.

Grazing animals can often meet all of their nutritional needs from a pasture setting except for minerals and salt.

Taking a look at the goals of your forage operation and matching them with the focus of a committed breeding and selection program can yield not only dollars of return but also hours of enjoyment for you and your family.