Monday, May 24, 2010
It takes forage to make forage.
I'm sure you've heard the saying "it takes money to make money". Well that's not entirely true, the saying should be "it's easier to make money when you have money." The same is true with forage. One of the principles in mob grazing is animal density. Density is the lbs of animals per acre. We are currently around 70,000 lbs per acre (600 pairs stocked each day on 10 acres...we double the density when we move twice a day, 5 acres each move). Well it's very difficult to get your densities high if you don't have forage to support it....or you have to move your cattle multiple times per day. If you are thinking about mob grazing, I think it would be a wise move to fertilize your entire ranch prior to beginning (I'd use chicken litter if available). Here's why: If you can get your forage quantity high, your stock densities can be much higher, your manure deposition/distribution will be much better, and your overall results will be improved. It's like getting a head start in a race. It's not that you can't do it with poor forage quantity, it's just going to take longer.