As pasture growth slows down, pasture rotation should slow down as well to allow each paddock enough time to recover. Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension educator in Wayne County Ohio says the recommendation is to have multiple paddock areas.
“To really do a good job with management you have to have to have enough pasture divisions,” said the OSU Extension education. “It’s really hard, you can know the right things to do, but if you only have one or two paddocks you’re not going to be able to do it because you just don’t have enough flexibility.”
Lewandowski says in conversations they’ve had with grazers serious about pasture management, they recommend having at least 8 to 10 pasture divisions that they can rotate through.
“We’re still talking about the same amount of land, we’re just dividing it up,” Lewandowski said. “Because we have more divisions it allows us to make changes in speeding up, or slowing down, or even keeping one as a sacrifice area, but again none of this is possible without enough pasture divisions.”
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