Extending the Grazing Season — Options for Adding Days on Grass

Having enough forage on hand for the fall grazing or winter feeding season is sort of like the best time to plant a tree — it should have been planned for a long time ago. But even the best of intentions got waylaid this year throughout much of Ontario because it Just. Didn’t. Rain.

Many farmers report getting only half to 60% of second and third cuts of hay, and many pastures went nearly fully dormant by mid-summer. What can you do now to add a few weeks of grazing this fall or maybe sneak out some extra days in the spring?

Related: Creative Ways to Stretch Those Hay Supplies

I caught up with Ontario’s new forage and grazier specialist, Thomas Ferguson, at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show to talk grazing crop residues (go talk to your neighbours!), written-off crops, and what you can plant late in the season to capture a few weeks of sun in the spring to give those grazed and dry stressed pastures a longer rest.

 

 

 

Lyndsey Smith

Lyndsey Smith is a field editor for RealAgriculture. A self-proclaimed agnerd, Lyndsey is passionate about all things farming but is especially thrilled by agronomy and livestock production.

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