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jj    Posted 06-11-2004 at 09:52:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a question about cattle the other day that seems to be missing here. So I will ask again. I have 40 arces, 10 of it a fenced in pasture, and I live in southern Mich. How many cattle can I pasture on the 10 arces and still raise enough hay to feed them in the winter. Can I expand the pasture to 20 arces and raise hay on the other 20 and have enough to get through the winter. Thanks

kriagWY    Posted 06-12-2004 at 00:29:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
You need to talk to your county extension agent about the AUM for your area (animal unit per month) here its 30 acres per caw calf pair. Plus what is your yield of your hay field. Figure about 20 lbs per critter per day.
Each area is differant, so you need to contact your county extionsion agent.

Tom in TN    Posted 06-11-2004 at 12:09:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I live in Middle Tennessee. We only have snow once or twice a year and it only lasts for a couple of days. I graze my cattle on pasture all winter and supplement their feed with hay that I bale here on the farm. I have a couple of year-around springs that provide running water during summer and winter. I have woods with lots of gullies for the cows to get into for protection during the nights and bad weather.

Since you live in Michigan, I would assume that you have much more snow and ice than we do in Tennessee. Do you have some shelter for the cows? Would it be available from all of the paddocks that you are going to create by cross-fencing? Do you have a water supply for use during the winter?

The amount of land that you have should be more than sufficient for 15 - 20 cows, but the other considerations must also me met for their success.

Good luck,

Tom in TN

Sadie    Posted 06-11-2004 at 16:04:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good advice!

Donna from Mo    Posted 06-11-2004 at 10:07:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, with 20 acres of pasture and 20 acres of hay, you'll be in fine shape for possibly a dozen head of cattle.

JDK    Posted 06-11-2004 at 10:42:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would suggest you divide the pasture into 3-4 sections and rotationally graze them.Cattle seem to like only the yummy stuff and trample/soil the rest if they have too much room.By divvying it up,you can move them to fresh pasture as needed and allow the grazed one to recover.

Donna    Posted 06-11-2004 at 10:43:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes. Ideally, you'd use rotation grazing for the utmost utilization of pasture.

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