Paddock 18a is located near my corral and therefore is overused. It seldom has opportunity to get any rest and mercy it sure shows. This year, i was determined to give it a rest and let something grow. Typically the succession plant to damaged soil are tough weeds and my experience is no different. Before the ragweed is pollinating, i thought i’d go have a look. There is very little palatable undergrowth – these tall weeds – mostly ragweed and cockleburr can out compete nearly anything.
So my plan is to mob graze this 4.5 acres paddock with all my cows (about 150 adult animals and 60 calves) keeping an eye to the volume of tasty forage they need to leave behind, then come in and brush hog the remaining tall stuff before it goes to seed.
Check out this short video my friend Greg Judy puts together to help graziers manage their stock and soil. Greg is an excellent teacher – you might enjoy subscribing to his YouTube channel.