North Dakota rancher builds 4x stocking rate
It’s been a very productive 40 years since Gene Goven first implemented cross-fencing and managed grazing on the native prairie that comprises about 50% of his North Dakota ranch. It took six years to see the first tangible results of his efforts, then he watched his forage productivity increase by a whopping 430%. That meant he could increase his grazing from 55 cow-calf pairs to 150-170 pairs, according to Beef Producer.
“I’d never go back to all-season grazing,” Goven says. “Over the years, I’ve divided my first permanent paddocks with temporary fencing whenever conditions allow. I’ve seen how much soil health has improved, which means forage quantity and quality gets better, too. My motto has become ‘manage diversity for soil health enhancement.’”
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