When should I move livestock to new grass?
Some people will suggest that you graze pastures right down to the dirt before moving them. I don’t. With the improved forage species I mentioned above, leave at least 2 - 3 inches of stubble so that there is enough leaf area to ensure quick regrowth. It’s about 2 inches from the tip of my middle finger to the knuckle. I simply stick my hand down through the grass to the ground to measure it.

If you do not leave about 2 inches, those improved species won’t bounce back quickly. Weeds and other less productive species will move in and take over. Also, if you leave livestock on too long, they will have to work too hard to get enough dry matter.

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1. What kind of fencing should I use?
2. What shape should my paddocks be?
3. How should I orient my paddocks on slopes?
4. How tall should the pasture be when I start grazing?
5. When should I move livestock to new grass?
6. Should I drag my pastures?
7. I’ve done everything that you suggested and I’m still not getting the production, what should I do?
8. Should I reseed my pastures?