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300 Days Grazing Whole Farm Projects

July 23, 2012

2009-2012

  • Lawrence County
    • Use of rotational grazing, legumes and stockpiled fescue and bermudagrass has reduced the hay feeding period to less than 30 days for 2008/09, less than 15 days for 2009/10 and less than 90 days for 2010/11.  In 2011/12 hay was fed less than 45 days to dry cows (Jan 19-March 1).   No hay was fed to the yearling calves.
    • Reducing the number of hay feeding days from 100 to only 30 or less saves the producer over $2200 for the winter feeding period.
    • In 2010/11 the producer saved $8,000 by strip grazing stockpiled forages /white clover over feeding hay.

 

  • Randolph County
    • Use of rotational grazing, legumes and stockpiled fescue has reduced the hay feeding period to only 55 days for 2009/10 and 65 days for 2010/11. Due to historical hot and dry summer 2011, hay was fed for approximately 110 days during the winter of 2011/12 (Nov 25 – March 12). Hay feeding began early than expected not because of a shortage of forage, but from a shortage of water.
    • Prior to the 300 day grazing project hay was being fed approximately 135 days.  Reducing the number of hay feeding days from 135 to only 65 or less saves the producer over $17,000 for the winter feeding period.

 

  • Van Buren County
    • Use of rotational grazing, legumes, warm season annuals and stockpiled fescue reduced the hay feeding period to 53 days for 2009/10 and 85 days for 2010/11.  Due to historical hot and dry summer of 2011, hay was fed for approximately 120 days during the winter of 2011/12(Nov 24 – Marcy 21).
    • Reducing the number of hay feeding days from 135 to only 53 saved the producer over $2200 for the winter feeding period.
    • In 2010/11 cattle grazed ninety one acres of stockpiled fescue or fescue/clover saving the producer over $4700 compared to feeding hay.

 

  • Batesville Experiment Station
    • Use of rotational grazing, legumes, and stockpiled fescue reduced the hay feeding period to 18 days for 2008/09, 54 days for 2009/10, and 35 days for 2010/11.   In 2011/12 hay was fed less than 45 days (Feb 8 -March 21).
    • Grazing more than 300 days per year saves over $4100 compared to feeding hay.
    • Grazing management timing and planting of clover was coordinated to establish excellent red clover stands to use for weaned calves.  This high quality diet allowed the calves to be grazed an additional 60 days after weaning resulting in an added value of $92 per calf.
    • Use of legumes reduced fertilizer cost compared to previous management of the pastures.
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