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Preparing for Grazing Season

Laura Kieser

Extension Educator, Carver/Scott Counties
April 15, 2011

As spring has finally arrived and urban home owners have started to clean up their yards and dig in their flower beds… what do dairy farmers do at this time of year? They are cleaning up their buildings and open lots where animals were housed after a long winter. They are getting equipment ready for field work and planting. They may be re-examining their feed inventories and making ration adjustments until forages can be harvested. Some may be evaluating their breeding programs for the coming year as they periodically need to do from time to time. Those that utilize pasture in their dairy operations will be thinking about the grazing season and the steps needed to have good productivity and success in the months ahead. For those that use grazing, it is now time to develop a plan, if one isn't already developed, to get those pastures prepped and ready.

The following is a short checklist to help you prepare:

This is just a short list of key areas to think about when preparing pastures for grazing. Each dairy producer's system will vary based on their needs and preferences. You can find more information about utilizing pastures for dairy cattle on the University of Minnesota Dairy Extension website at www.extension.umn.edu/dairy.

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