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Fencing Systems For Intensive Grazing Management

Making the most of your forage with rotational grazing, will allow stocking rates to be increased resulting in increased beef production per acre, write extension officers, L.W. Turner, C.W. Absher and J.K. Evans, from the University of Kentucky.

For intensive grazing to be managed effectively, controlled grazing needs to be in place, through subdividing the pasture through the use of fencing. Rotating animals among these paddocks will optimise forage and beef production.

When developing the layout for a fencing system, consider the following points:

  • Fixed resources on the farm, such as acreage, soil type, slop and rockiness;
  • Semi-fixed resources, such as water supply, existing fences, existing grass base;
  • Changeable resources, including forage type, temporary fences, cattle numbers;
  • Other factors, including seasonal usage patters, economics and land use for other enterprises.

High tensile fencing from New Zealand provides an alternative to traditional woven and barbed wire fencing and temporary electric fencing is perfectly adequate.

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