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Perfect pasture – grazing management

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2005
Author: Dr Tim Jenkins

Dr Tim Jenkins, of the Biological Husbandry Unit outlines strategies to develop great pastures

Grazing management can include a regular pattern of shifting livestock onto clean pasture. In some cases this may be as often as shifting each day. This is an effective way of ensuring good pasture diversity too, especially if paddocks can be left long enough for the more preferentially grazed and slower to recover species to recuperate from the grazing. This will involve a high level of permanent and possibly temporary fencing (with back fencing). (A further advantage of such fencing is to reduce losses of nutrients through dung and urine transfer – fewer stock camps etc).

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