By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
- Estimate average forage stand height in a paddock.
- Estimate forage density in a paddock.
- Calculate total available dry matter per acre.
- Determine a herd’s daily dry matter intake needs.
- Calculate the appropriate paddock size based on available forage dry matter, herd dry matter consumption needs, and number of daily moves.
- Calculate and compare stock densities per acre.
- List at least two things to look for when observing animals, forage, and soil after each cattle move.
- Describe one way a beginner could try adaptive grazing on a small scale.
In this module, farmers will learn the basic measurements and calculations required to get started with adaptive grazing. In adaptive grazing, cattle move frequently to new, temporary paddocks. Each paddock is sized to control the amount of forage dry matter cattle consume. To use adaptive grazing, cattle producers need to be able to estimate their herds’ dry matter intake needs and assess forage availability using simple techniques in the field. The module concludes with practical steps and recommendations for getting started with adaptive grazing.