Rejuvenating or reestablishing your summer pastures can allow you to graze more cows per acre for more days of the year. If you’re worried you’ve got too many cows on your pastures, are reluctant to rent or buy more acres or even tempted to sell some pasture land because of high land prices, consider how to get better forage production out of the acres you’ve got.
In the latest Beef Research School video, Dr. Paul Jefferson of the Western Beef Development Centre explains that adding alfalfa, fertilizing forages and rotational grazing will boost production. He also describes when it’s time to reseed a pasture, and gives tips on the best time to establish new forages.
Also beware that grazing forages too early in the spring, before plants have reached the 3 or 3 ½ leaf stage, will reduce yields and shorten your grazing season.
Stay tuned for more episodes of the Beef Research School. Past episodes covered biosecurity for beef cattle, manure management, and e-beam irradiation of beef trim. For more information on the Beef Research School, visit www.beefresearch.ca/blog/new-video-series/
Planning pastures: Beef Research School episode
BCRC Blog – May 13, 2013
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