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Title: Forage and Grazing Opportunities


1
Grazing Basics
Central Wisconsin Grazing Meetings March 2008
Craig Saxe UW-Extension, Juneau Co. 211 Hickory
Street Mauston WI 53948 (608) 847-9329 craig.saxe_at_
ces.uwex.edu
2
Well be covering
  • What is rotational grazing
  • Why use rotational grazing
  • Understanding plant growth
  • Setting up a grazing system
  • Fencing, watering and frost seeding
  • Grazing tips

3
Why use Rotational Grazing?
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Managed Intensive Grazing Advantages
  • We control where animals graze
  • Increases yield
  • Increase carrying capacity
  • Extend grazing season in the fall
  • Increases forage quality
  • Increases animal performance
  • Lowers cost of production
  • Maximizes efficiency of your time and resources
  • Offers greater management flexibility

6
It could be argued that managed intensive grazing
comes at an added cost
  • Fence
  • Water systems
  • Labor
  • Higher level of management required

7
Why manage grazing?
  • Reduces erosion
  • Improves water quality
  • Enhance wildlife habitat
  • Improves range or pasture condition

Texas Creek, Colorado, BLM website on Health
Riparian Areas
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CIAS 2006
10
CIAS 2006
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Gross Returns Per Acre
Penn State 1992
12
Direct Costs Per Acre
Penn State 1992
13
Profit Per Acre
Penn State 1992
14
Dairy Economic Comparison (15,000 vs. 18,000
lbs/cow/yr)
Confinement Grazing Grazing
Full Machinery Full Machinery Reduced Machinery
Return To Labor 36,528 52,118 39,409 54,997 43,640 54,227
Return To Labor (/hr) 6.40 8.95 7.07 9.66 8.08 10.73
Researchers caution that this study is based on
simulated dairy models
CIAS Study
15
Livestock Enterprise Comparison
Enterprise Stocking Rate Lbs product per acre Gross per acre
Cow-calf-low intensity 5 acres 100 calf 60
Cow-calf-intensive 2 acres 250 calf 150
Stocker calf-low intensity 1 acre 270 gain 95
Stocker calf-intensive 0.5 acre 540 gain 189
Sheep-low intensity 0.5 acre 225 lamb 113
Sheep-high intensity 0.2 acre 560 lamb 280
Ohio State
16
Livestock Enterprise Comparison
Enterprise Stocking Rate Lbs product per acre Gross per acre
Cow-calf-low intensity 5 acres 100 calf 60
Cow-calf-intensive 2 acres 250 calf 150
Stocker calf-low intensity 1 acre 270 gain 95
Stocker calf-intensive 0.5 acre 540 gain 189
Sheep-low intensity 0.5 acre 225 lamb 113
Sheep-high intensity 0.2 acre 560 lamb 280
Ohio State
17
Livestock Enterprise Comparison
Enterprise Stocking Rate Lbs product per acre Gross per acre
Cow-calf-low intensity 5 acres 100 calf 60
Cow-calf-intensive 2 acres 250 calf 150
Stocker calf-low intensity 1 acre 270 gain 95
Stocker calf-intensive 0.5 acre 540 gain 189
Sheep-low intensity 0.5 acre 225 lamb 113
Sheep-high intensity 0.2 acre 560 lamb 280
Ohio State
18
Livestock Enterprise Comparison
Enterprise Stocking Rate Lbs product per acre Gross per acre
Cow-calf-low intensity 5 acres 100 calf 60
Cow-calf-intensive 2 acres 250 calf 150
Stocker calf-low intensity 1 acre 270 gain 95
Stocker calf-intensive 0.5 acre 540 gain 189
Sheep-low intensity 0.5 acre 225 lamb 113
Sheep-high intensity 0.2 acre 560 lamb 280
Ohio State
19
Understanding Plant Growth
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http//www.uwex.edu/ces/crops/teamforage/index.htm
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http//www.uwex.edu/ces/cwas/
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