What's a good way to manage summer winter spring and fall pastures with 200

Discussion in 'Barns and Pastures' started by cotopaxi14, Jun 28, 2015.

  1. cotopaxi14

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    Head and 802 acres of Montana Range land
     
  2. cotopaxi14

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  3. Markwright

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    Your stocking rate

    sounds a touch rich for even Western MT mountain country/valleys.
    If your talking 200 cows.
    your posts are real vague, btw..


    rotate pasture...use some NZ hotwire grazing methods, buy hay, put up some hay etc..








     
  4. charloisfarmer

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    Use padlocks rotate them let the cows graze it down move it the hard part about padlocks is u need a water source
     
  5. Markwright

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    grass is dormant in the winter so graze it as hard as snow cover allows..

    leave some tall strips to hold snow, btw...they need to lay e to w...and only need to be bout 5 ft wide...ie tall grass.

    likely your gonna need to supp some hay and/or ear corn 2.

    sun even at 10 degrees F will beat off ( melt ) your E / S slopes off prretty good so you'll want to use the supps to bait em over to that in the winter ( get tracks and it melts more snow and ice and enables more winter grazing ).

    good luck...seems 2 me like U better start with less than 200 head....say 50 decent cows and they'll Teach You how things Work.

    btw, calf in May thru June there.

    you ain't equipped 2 do it earlier.





     
  6. cotopaxi14

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    Ya I'll start with less I just bought 220 more acres.