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Discussion Board - Re: Grazing a new stand of pasture?

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jackinok

09-05-2012 07:17:23
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graze it,it actually helps it, simply because it keeps it growing.just watch it really close and dont graze it too much(rule of thumb is you can graze it two thirds i personaly dont like to graze it that much if i can help it). thats an old wives tale that grazing hurts new grass.if you leave it and it goes to seed then it stops growing,when it stops growing and trying to spread weeds take over in the bare spots.grazing keeps it growing because it constantly tries to set seed. mowing a new stand of grass 3-4 times a year helps it to fill in keeps it healthy. mowing is simply simulated grazing. most pasture folks say these days to start grazing in a limited way when pastures are 3-4 months old.

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09-05-2012 07:45:50
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 Re: Grazing a new stand of pasture? in reply to jackinok, 09-05-2012 07:17:23  
another way to look at this,the longer a stand of grass sets,the togher the stems get.cattle dont really bite off grass,they pull it off. if the new growth is young and tender it lessens the chance grass will be pulled up.so you want to keep the top tender.if you let it get tough then they cant pull it as easily and pull it up. overgrazing basicaly thins a stand this way. unless you have really loose soil,i would graze it.to check for yourself walk out in several places and try to pull it off if it pulls easily without pulling grass up then your likely ok.

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