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A High Intensity Rotational Grazing Year

“Ultimately, the only wealth that can sustain any community, economy or nation is derived from the photosynthetic process – green plants growing on regenerating soil.”

Allan Savory

With ten days of sunshine and temperatures in the 50s we are beginning to see shy little blushes of green on the southern slopes and under heavy standing forage. . .

Many of you have expressed interest in the portion of the Open Gate herd that is managed under High Intensity Rotational Grazing. There are plenty of myths and misconceptions that accompany the concept, so we thought we would walk you through a full year and even answer questions as we go. I will add to this post, and re-position it at the top whenever there is new content so that you can join us on the rounds!

Mid-March (Worm Moon)

Late winter has cattle nearly mad for green grass: we save back all of our very best hay for this last 6 weeks before the rotation starts, to keep them content and give the calves plenty of opportunity to begin rumen building. Paddock choices are made according to where there is open water, and where we left standing forage the previous fall as a nursery environment for earliest growth.

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