Rotational grazing, pasturing, and grass feeding require skill and management. Farmers need to monitor fencing, water delivery, herd movement, pasture quality.
According to The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) “Rotational grazing is periodically moving livestock to fresh paddocks, to allow pastures to regrow. Rotational grazing requires skillful decisions and close monitoring of their consequences. Modern electric fencing and innovative water-delivery devices are important tools. Feed costs decline and animal health improves when animals harvest their own feed in a well-managed rotational grazing system.”ATTRA Provides loads of information and a number of publications related to rotational grazing. The Great Lakes Grazing Network is another excellent site with loads of valuable information. The University of Vermont has a rotational grazing page with loads of information, research results, and resources. University of Wisconsin Extension has a Pasture Management and Grazing Page with dozens of publications and links. Penn State University publishes a basic brocure called 4 Steps to rotational Grazing. A free web publication on temporary fencing for rotational grazing is available from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The University of Illinois has information on rotational grazing. Mississippi State University Extension has a publication on the economic benefits of rotational grazing. Southwest Farm Press has an article about improved efficiency from rotational grazing. Case's Agworld has links to information about rotational grazing (and much more). Grazing Studies: What We've Learned, was published in April 1999 by J.L. Holechek, H. Gomez, F. Molinar, and D. Galt. It offers a synopsis many studies on grazing. The Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial Project has a number of publications highlighting their research on grass based dairies. Also check out the following links specifically for dairy pasturing: http://pas.fass.org/content/17/3/195.full.pdf http://www.thedairysite.com/articles/2120/practical-aspects-of-feeding-grass-to-dairy-cows http://www.wcds.ca/proc/1997/ch04-97.htm http://www.progressivehay.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2744:1209-pd-high-quality-grasses-fit-well-in-rations-of-high-producing-dairy-cows&catid=82:pasture&Itemid=136
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