Calves, growers gain from rotating pasture


Brian Beer: Here at Seldom Rest, we have worked with Cathy with her pasture management. Doing the rotational grazing and having some very nutritious forages planted here helps with getting better gains on those calves and being able to keep the calves rotating to a lush, fresh growth on the pasture, which is more nutritious than older growth and having the pasture sub-divided also helps keep that calf gain at a satisfactory level for the grass-fed beef operation here. We are going to see an economic benefit in having to reduce the amount of hay that she is going to need to purchase this year, because it was an extremely dry summer here. It is going to help her out as far as reducing feed costs.

Cathy Taylor: Back when we first started doing this operation here, there was a lot of need for some pasture management. I didn't have the knowledge so I needed to get Clemson involved. As far as benefitting me, it makes my pastures better. You can handle it better during drought situations, which was a real problem this year. Pasture management is good because if you leave a wide-open area for an animal to graze, they are going to go through and just pick out the best stuff and leave the rest. They try to eat their dessert before their vegetables.