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Irrigated Pastures: Setting Up an Intensive Grazing System That Works

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By Dave Scott, NCAT Livestock Specialist

Published: July 2013

Updated: n/a



4 pages


Designing and implementing an intensive grazing system is not as simple as just turning the cows out to pasture. An intensive grazing design is based on only three parameters: recovery period, grazing paddock period, and the growth rate of the forage. It requires a step up in management that is easily accomplished through the use of a grazing spreadsheet and field experience. Intensive grazing is one of the most powerful management strategies in agriculture today.

Table of Contents

Paddock Grazing Period Considerations
Grazing Recovery Period Considerations
Putting It All Together
Record Yields

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