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Local NRCS district agronomist Drew DeLang (right) and farmer Bill Totemeier inspect the clover in a pasture mix of forage species.
After two days in a paddock, Totemeier’s cattle are eager to start eating clover, trefoil and other plant species that are plentiful in this pasture.
After two days in the paddock on the right, Totemeier moves his cattle to a new paddock. Each paddock rests for 60 to 90 days.
Many of the paddocks in Totemeier’s mob grazing system are just 3 acres. “Allow your forages to rest and recover, and you’ll be rewarded with high-producing pastures and healthier, faster-gaining animals,” he says.
Totemeier’s livestock graze one of the many paddocks throughout his 470 acres of pasture. Managing for better forage and increased profit begins with developing and using a pasture management plan.
To improve pasture health, you must manage for soil health, Totemeier says. Improving soil health makes pasture more productive, as well as increasing its drought and weed resistance.