Dairy cows are fed silage, hay, and grain; market lambs and beef cattle are fattened in feedlots; horses get strip joints guelph
on stall feeding. In the interest of efficiency and maximum gains, pasture is sometimes limited to dry cows or rams after breeding. The economics of large, mechanized farms don't necessarily apply to smaller farms, and especially hobby operations, where pasture can provide excellent low-cost feed, savings in hay and manure handling, reduced use of chemicals and fertilizer, a healthier environment than the barnyard or feedlot, less storage of feed and manure, extra-clean wool or grass-fed lamb or beef for specialty marketslong-term benefits to the landretention of nutrients in the soil compared with haying, reduction of water pollution problems from nitrate and manure run-off, high productivity on aggressively rotated pastures, and the pleasures of watching foals or lambs gambol on a grass field. How much strip joints guelph
do I need? Pasture needs depend on local rainfall, forage quality, strip joints guelph
availability of alternate pastures for rotation, the level of fertilizer and other strip joints guelph
applied to the pastures, the time and equipment available for pasture maintenance such as clipping or taking a cutting of hay, the length of the grazing season, and whether the pastures are primary or supplementary feed. The common rule of thumb is that one acre of permanent pasture can support one animal unit lbs.