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Larger Paddocks Decrease Herd Effect

Return to high stock density returns to better trampling of unused forage.

My high-stock-density grazing experiment continues to show pretty much the results I expect.

In this little video I take you on a pasture tour to show you how lower stock density and longer grazing periods leave more forage stubble upright and knock down fewer weeds and aged forage.

As the cattle returned to grazing long-narrow paddocks this week their trampling of unwanted forage went back up. This helps put litter on the ground to improve nutrient recycling and also gives the forage a clear view of sunlight with less old forage shading out fresh tillers.

Probably it creates slower recovery initially, but other advanced graziers have show much greater return in the long haul.

Check out the video HERE.

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