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Paddock Design, Fencing, and Water Systems for Controlled Grazing

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By Ron Morrow, revised by Alice Beetz,
updated and revised by Lee Rinehart

Published: 2009

Updated: 2009



8 pages


Interest in controlled grazing is increasing throughout the United States. Controlled grazing systems are economically feasible and are now more easily managed because of developments in fencing and water technology. This publication covers some of the basics of paddock design and current fencing and water technology. Paddock design needs to be based on landscape, land productivity, water availability and the number and types of animals in the system. Water systems are more complex and expensive than fencing systems. Producers need to understand all the technology available before establishing a grazing system. A good way to explore the technology is to order catalogs from companies that sell fencing or water systems.

Table of Contents

Forage availability
Paddock design
Wire, poly wire and poly tape
Water systems
Further resources
Appendix: Fencing suppliers

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