Management Intensive Grazing
  • Do you think Management Intensive Grazing is worth the effort and labor required by a producer as opposed to continuous grazing?
  • for me, yes. with out a doubt. but for others in general, each person has to define the value for them selves. there is no question that productivity per acre is significantly increased via MIG practices. not only in pounds/tons per acre but more significantly the quality. side benefits include reduced need for fertilizer, which can seriously offset much of the extra labor costs. Even grazing leads to reduced weed problems and that can either offset herbicide costs or improve forage quality. there is an "up front" cost to switch over. you need to factor in the cost of fencing and water systems, including how it will affect irrigation. the cost of labor (per animal) decreases with the numbers in the herd. it takes almost as long to move 2 cows as it does to move 30 cows. the more intensive your infrastructure is the less labor required. if for example you have permanent watering stations in each paddock, then there is no labor involved in moving the waterer's

    kenny
    southern OR and central CO
  • I agree with Kenny. Not only can you pretty much double forage production per acre with intensive grazing, you can increase the diversity of your stand, strategically control parasites, and improve soil health. The improved soil health can be seen in more water infiltration, less run off and erosion, and increases in soil organic matter. In contrast, continuous grazing exhibits nearly the same water runoff as a plowed field, as amazing as that seems. Check out the NRCS soil health rainwater simulation site. It can be found at:http://www.miwaterstewardship.org/educators/videos/viewvideos/videoid/205/rainfall-simulator-nrcs-south-dakota

    Dave
    NCAT/ ATTRA