- Jul 21, 2008
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Any rumen, feed roughage. Hay is way more important than any grain you can provide. Hay/roughage first, then the extra.
Yes, rotating pastures is imperative to the health of the grass. I know there are concepts to rotate livestock to also improve things. I know that cows will eat poor-er hay than horses will, so rotating cows into an area where horses have made a mess of hay will help clean up and utilize hay that might otherwise be wasted. My hope is that when we get our own farm all of our pastures will be able to handle all of the various types of animals so that any group can be put anywhere depending on the needs. We'll see how well that goes when it happensmandieg4 said:I guess the tip for my long-winded story is to make sure you have animals that best fit your actual situation and not try to make the situation fit the animal. If you don't want to feed grain, find an animal that does well without it because not all will.
My second tip is learn about pasture rotation. I'm still trying to figure it out and I'm sure it's going to take several years to get it right, but I can already see how important it is.
Oh, boy, were they! Too fat, really. Of course, a yard in my area is just a former pasture that gets mowed alot and only allows the shorter grasses to thrive. That's all yard are in the country...now, in the city I'm sure some have been seeded with certain grasses that aren't as nutrient rich.BarredBuff said:Bee, I have a question. When your sheep were in your yard, were they healthy and productive with the fescue and clover present??