Animals, plants and soils have played a synergistic role together over geological time. In recent years, animals are playing a reduced role due to being placed in confinement and fewer farms now include livestock as part of their overall operation.
How do we return livestock to the landscape?
- Winter and fall grazing cover crops and annual crop residues.
- Summer grazing a full season cover crop, allowing adequate plant recovery, followed by a second grazing during the fall or winter.
- Winter feeding on hayland fields by rolling out bales or bale grazing.
- Seed rotational perennials, graze and manage as part of the crop rotation.