- Oct 23, 2011
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- East Texas
was told that the way to manage the pasture down here is to use every blade of grass produced in the spring/summer cycle and then "hand feed' the stock over winter
Exactly what part of that is supposed to equal "manage"?
Manage his way into the poorhouse maybe, while lining the purse of the feed-N-seed salesman.
But, I see lots of people do it that way. They never plant or encourage a cool season grass--native or otherwise, or set aside an area just for that and they just feed hay on what is now bare ground that was also their summer pastures.
I'm guilty of it to some extent, in part, because I have to deal with all the high water leaching so much of the nutrients out of about 1/3 of my property. Had high water 3 times in 30 days Dec 2018-Jan 2019. The key to good forage and soil management is plenty of cross fences and gates for rotation, but water doesn't respect either of those.