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Management-Intensive Grazing:

Management of Forage Supply

Many who implement a management-intensive grazing (MIG) system consider themselves to be "grass-farmers." This emphasizes the effort that they put into managing their forage base. Their grazing system is their approach to manipulating the quantity and quality of the forage supply and, thus, efficiently producing a livestock product (meat, milk, fiber, etc.). The optimal MIG system is one that simultaneously provides the quantity and quality of forage that is needed by the grazing livestock and makes the most efficient use of available resources. Without simultaneous consideration of these aspects of forage management, any grazing system is destined to fail.

Forage Species

With our climate in Georgia, forage can be grazed year-round. One reason for this potential is that over 50 forage species can be grown in Georgia. However, there is a big difference between "can" and "should." Read more...

Soil Fertility

Maintaining soil fertility enables the forage to reach its yield potential, improves stand persistence, boosts forage quality, allows for faster re-growth, enhances disease resistance, and decreases the competitiveness of weeds. Read more...

Weed Control

A weed can be defined as a plant that is not wanted. Pasture weeds compete with desirable forage species for light, water, and nutrients, decrease the supply of high-quality forage, and may contain toxic or deleterious compounds that reduce livestock productivity. Read more...

Irrigation Management

The most limiting factor in a stable and predictable forage supply is the availability of sufficient soil moisture to promote forage growth. For many "grass-farmers", drought is the single greatest production risk. Read more...

Decision Aids

Regardless of the grazing system, it is important to Measure how much forage is on offer, Monitor the growth rate of the forage, and Manage how much forage is allocated to the herd. There are a number of new tools to help one with these 3 M's. Read more...

 

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