Managing Your Pasture. Joyce E. Meader Dairy/ Livestock Educator Cooperative Extension, U. Conn. Benefits of Pasture. Reduced soil erosion Reduced nutrient loading of water Exercise Forage for grazing animals Pleasing landscapes. If forage species survive grazing.
Joyce E. Meader
Dairy/ Livestock Educator
Cooperative Extension, U. Conn
Tall Fescue increases with animal density, not good for pregnant mares
Bluegrass/ white clover survive continuous grazing, but dormant during the summer
Timothy needs 45 day rest between grazing
Orchardgrass needs >5” regrowth to survive
Ryegrass may not survive winter
(if on pasture only)
away from surface water and wells.
Use soil test before applying N,P, K, lime
Keep stocking rate < 1.5 animal units /Acre to prevent excessive phosphorus levels in the soil if on pasture year around
Apply limestone to maintain soil pH > 6.0 allows nutrient uptake by desired grasses and legumes
Rest period of 28 days (4 weeks)
Total of 5 paddocks (or 5 week rotation)
Rest period of 14 days (2 weeks)
Total of 3 paddocks (or 3 week rotation)
Hay the other 2 paddocks in the spring
Add livestock to graze steep/ rocky land where mowing is difficult
Use broadleaf weed killer on poisonous weeds and hard to kill brush, before clipping
red maple, wild cherry, jimsonweed, nightshade, milkweed, multiflora rose…
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