Starting a New Grazing Season in PastureMap

Feb 15, 2019 6:54:00 AM / by Christine Su posted in grazing management, grazing planning

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Though the days might still be short and cold, it's the time of year when folks are pulling out their grazing charts, sitting down with a strong cup of coffee, and planning out the new season. You might be wondering how all your records from PastureMap carry over from one season to the next. 

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You can't afford to miss the Working Cows Podcast

Feb 13, 2019 10:28:31 PM / by Christine Su posted in grazing planning, cattle, grazing management, regenerative agriculture, ranchers, new farmers and ranchers

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"Good Monday morning to all you critter and land loving folks..." is how the Working Cows blog starts off every week. At last, something to get you through every winter Monday this time of year. 

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How to Use a Grazing Chart

Feb 5, 2019 5:07:47 PM / by Christine Su posted in stocking rate, grazing management, pasture, cattle, grazing planning

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When it comes to planning for next grazing season, having a grazing plan is critical preparation. Everyone can benefit from grazing planning. You don't have to be a adaptive grazing expert to use a grazing chart. 

But getting started with a grazing planning chart can be an intimidating project. If you're planning a grazing chart for the first time, all the cells to fill in with ADAs, ADs, rest periods, AUs can get your head spinning before you even begin. 

A grazing chart is a living document. It's not a set-it-and-forget-it one time deal. Use the grazing chart as a guiding tool to think through key grazing decisions before cattle hit your pastures, and to make decisions during the season. This is the most powerful part of a grazing chart! 

Use the grazing chart effectively, and it will make you better at grazing management every step of the way. 

Five steps to planning with a grazing chart

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How to Calculate Stocking Rate and Carrying Capacity

Jan 31, 2019 3:09:42 PM / by Christine Su posted in stocking rate, grazing management, pasture, cattle, grazing planning

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When it comes to grazing management, the basic questions are always the same. How many cattle to stock? What's my stocking rate and carrying capacity on these pastures?

Many producers have been running a set stocking rate for years and never think about their stocking rate or carrying capacity. But when you start doing adaptive grazing or planning on a grazing chart for the first time, the grazing math can quickly feel complicated.

You might wonder: How long should I graze cattle in each pasture? How do I measure carrying capacity in adaptive grazing? What is an AUM? What is a Stock Day/Acre (SDA)? Is it the same as an Animal Unit (AU)? SDAs, AUs, ADAs....all these acronyms can be confusing. 

Grazing management is a function of grass, cows, and time. Whether you're rotational grazing, trying out adaptive grazing, or into management intensive grazing, the basic grazing math is very similar.

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