Pasture Rotation

Categories:Farming

This very short video shot on July 15th, 2014, says an awful lot about the practice of pasture rotation. First, you’ll notice the amount of grass in this pasture into which this cow and the rest of the herd has just been moved in the middle of a southern summer. It is lush, mixed and in some places higher than the animal’s heads. Have we had good rain this month? It’s been decent, but I guarantee not all the farms in the county look like this. So, why does ours look so good? The answer is in the video. You’ll notice the cow instinctually eats the dark green, nutrient rich tops of the grass stalks first. She will continue to do this until there are no more tops left to eat, at which point, she will eat the less nutritious bottom of the stalks down to the ground. However, under a pasture rotational program, such as at the High Lonesome Ranch, before that occurs the herd will be moved into the next pasture, which will look just like the one in the video. In this next pasture, the cow will have acres of nutritious, green tops to eat again. And the pasture left behind will have a month to rejuvenate and regrow nutrient rich leaves and grasses. We believe this is the cornerstone to a healthy and happy herd and why we consider ourselves grass farmers as much as cattle ranchers. The two go hand in hand.