My Experience Strip Grazing Stockpiled Fescue

by Tad Williams

I began strip grazing an 8 acre field on November 19th.  The cattle had been removed in early August and I did not apply any additional fertilizer.  I was hoping to hold off grazing until early to mid-December, but the grass on the other pastures did not last that long.  There are 11 cows and five calves who will graze this pasture.  My goal from the beginning was to not feed hay until early March.

I strip graze using a reel of polywire and pigtail step-in posts.  I use an electric fence charger which puts out a greater good jolt if a cow gets frisky and wants to reach under the fence.  How much grass to give them has been an experiment.  Grass height over the pasture averaged between 15-24 inches and I give them 1/5 to 1/3 of an acre which lasts 2-3 days.  During colder stretches of weather I give them a little more.  Below are a couple of pictures showing where the cows have grazed and where they were moved to.

Cows waiting for something to eat.

Cows waiting for something to eat.

Munching down on new grass.

Munching down on new grass.

 

 

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