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Discussion in 'Barns and Pastures' started by cotopaxi14, Jun 28, 2015.
Head and 802 acres of Montana Range land
200 head of cattle
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..
Use padlocks rotate them let the cows graze it down move it the hard part about padlocks is u need a water source
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.
Ya I'll start with less I just bought 220 more acres.