Rotational grazing of livestock like chicken, hog, sheep and cattle through pasture maximizes the forage in the area while enhancing the overall fertility of the pasture grasses. In the case of this form of grazing, the domesticated farm animals consume the grass in a limited area and then more on to the next paddock so the fields of the current paddock can recover from the damage.
According to Geoffrey Morell, an eminent farmer and co-owner of P.A. Bowen Farmstead, it is essential for agriculturists who rear farm animals to understand the grazing behavior of their paddocks and growing cycle of its grass. Before installing any form of fencing on their grounds, farmers need to consider how to execute the appropriate rotational grazing system that will work for their livestock. Many smaller paddocks utilize the forage to their best advantage. Mr. Morell has been successful in rearing many healthy farm animals like chickens, hogs in addition to cattle via the process of rotational grazing in his own farm. Moreover, he insists on feeding them organically rather them giving them hormones and growth-enhancing chemicals. He also advocates the use of antibiotics on such animals on in case of emergencies.
Importance of proper pasture management
He emphasizes that proper management of pastures is critical for reasons other than ensuring that the fields look beautiful. The well-managed pasture is more productive in comparison to one, which has been overgrazed and provides farm animals with nutritious fodder. Farmers need to remember that the key to having healthy and productive pasture is to implement rigorously effective rotational grazing methods for their livestock in addition to ensure proper weed and manure management. He clarifies that agriculturists should consider controlling weeds organically rather than the use of chemicals or by permitting certain farm animals to feed on the weeds. It is also essential for them to remember not allow manure to accumulate in large qualities but it to spread it out in an evenly fashion in order to enhance the fertility of the pasture.
Research in grazing habits of animals
Plenty of research goes into putting into practice an ideal rotational grazing scheme and it is important for farmers to take the needs of their livestock into consideration. This includes how green grass do these animals consume and how of much of agricultural land is it possible for allocate for grazing these animals in the first phase. However, once it is possible to implement a successful and effective rotational grazing scheme, it can work wonders for the farmer, his livestock and his pastures.
Geoffrey Morell explains the executing an effective and successful rotational grazing system goes a long way in enhancing the quantity of the forage in addition to the quality of the greens in the pasture. As the quality of the soils improves, it fertility increase and becomes less vulnerable to adverse effects of drought. In the case of rotational grazing the livestock do not walk over the soil frequently, so it becomes less compact and can absorb water easily in comparison to other soils.