Lesson 4: Pasture Facilities

In Pennsylvania, livestock producers use a variety of fencing types to contain their animals as well as manage their pasture areas and move animals from one pasture to another. Most fencing starts with a substantial perimeter fence with less substantial fencing used to subdivide the pasture into more manageable areas.

Pasture system design can be an important tool not only for managing pastures, but also for ease of moving animals through the system. Here are some suggestions for designing efficient pasture systems.

Rotating pastures has several benefits for livestock producers. Rotations allow pasture plants to rest between grazings, allows producers to manage pastures for optimum quality and quantity and also helps to manage livestock health. Furthermore, pasture rotation can help the manager keep the livestock on a more even plane of nutrition.

There are many different types of watering systems available for pasture systems. Many producers like to have a watering system in each paddock of their pasture, while others will use an alleyway whereby livestock can access the same water source from several different paddocks.