Grazing Management: Introducing
Livestock to Pasture
Excerpt from Publication 19, Pasture Production, Order
Table of Contents
- Introducing Livestock to Pastures
- Other Grazing Management Recommendations
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Introducing Livestock to Pasture
A gradual conversion to pasture is best.
Spring pasture growth is quick. Animals can go on pasture when the
forage is 7 cm tall, provided the fields are dry enough to support
the animals and the animals are going to be removed when the forage
is 3 cm tall.
Practice bloat control management if pastures have a high content
of bloat causing legumes.
Start cows with 23 hours of grazing per day.
Gradually increase the time on pasture. This will help the animals
adapt to grazing, and the rumen microbe population adapt to the fresh
Take 23 weeks...
...to make the conversion if the pasture is supplying all or most
of the forage component of the diet.
Adjust rations fed in the barn by gradually feeding less stored forage
prior to pasturing.
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