How to Manage Your Pastures Before Grazing

As with anything in life, there are things we can control and things we cannot. However, when it comes to best management practices and doing what is most suitable for our land and livestock – we are in control. As grazing and haying season is right around the bend it is a good time to think about what we can do to get the most out of our ground, and in turn, maximize land profitability and gains on our calves.

“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

– Aldo Leopold

We can build up this community that Leopold talks about by doing some easy things within our control. We can evaluate grass stands as well as monitor weed pressure that may significantly impact forage quantity and quality. With the aforementioned considerations, we can evaluate stocking densities and what certain pastures can handle before turning out to grass. Additionally, walking fences to observe ground compaction, drainage, and water (streams, creeks, and ponds) quality in these pieces is very beneficial as it directly impacts not only forage stands, but also the animal’s ability to utilize forages in the area due to quality of the water they are drinking while grazing.

Two Rivers Cooperative Agronomy and Feed departments are ready to help you build your thriving community by assisting with identification and implementation of a weed pressure control program, evaluating stands on hayfields and pastures, soil and hay analysis, providing means to test water quality, as well as nutritional and mineral program design to fit the specific needs of your operation.

To learn more about how Two Rivers Cooperative can help you evaluate your pastures, contact Ashley at [email protected]  or call her at 641-628-4167.

How to Manage Your Pastures Before Grazing