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Animal Production Sustainable Small Acreage Farming & Ranching Pasture Management: Grass Based Systems These slides are part of a much longer lesson in the Living on the Land curriculum by S. Donaldson, et al, University of Nevada-Reno.
Adapted from NRCS, Bozeman, MT Take half and leave half
Approximate grazing length and regrowth periods SeasonGrazing Length Regrowth period Spring4 – 5 days10 – 14 days Summer9 – 10 days21 – 30 days Late Summer12 – 15 days30 – 45 days
Sustainable Small Acreage Farming & Ranching Determine carrying capacity Remember that grazing animals only need to eat about 2.5 to 3% of their body weight An 1100 pound horse will eat 27.5 pounds of air-dry forage (hay) per day, or 825 pounds per month (27.5 x 30)
Sustainable Small Acreage Farming & Ranching Determine carrying capacity Horses trample or damage 25% of their forage in a pasture, so add another 25% when feeding from a pasture – this brings the total requirement closer to 1000 pounds per month
Sustainable Small Acreage Farming & Ranching Improving carrying capacity Manage grazing Create and use exercise areas and paddocks Control weeds Improve irrigation Consider need for reseeding or renovation
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