As the cold season comes, the perennial grasses grown in pastures across many parts of Florida lose their luster. While these grasses continue to grow, many are targeted toward the warm seasons, and lose their nutritional value as their growth slows in the cold months. A good way to continue giving your cattle good forage in the winter in Florida is to consider planting cool-season forages. We’ll explore what that looks like and more forage management tips in today’s blog. For more tips, visit our website.
Let Seeds Grow
A pasture should be well-established before grazing can begin, so it’s important to prepare for the cool-weather months ahead of time. Allowing cattle to graze on this forage too early can stunt growth and delay development. For small grains, a good rule of thumb is to not graze them until they’ve reached 12 inches high, or 8 inches for ryegrass.
Keep It Moving
If possible, it’s advantageous to keep animals moving from pasture to pasture frequently. This encourages faster regrowth of the forage. Animals should not be allowed to graze all the way down to the stubble for many reasons: parasites lay eggs closer to the soil, and the stubble is less nutritious than higher up the stalk. Leaving a higher stalk also helps prevent erosion.
Good Forage Management
No matter if you’re planting for cool or warm seasons, practicing good forage management will help give your cattle good nutrition and growth. Whatever type of grass you choose, ensure your seeds are certified and from superior varieties. Properly prepare the fields and plant your seeds based on recommendations, like using the proper depth. Fertilize based on your individual soil needs. Interested in learning more? Come visit us on an agritour.
In warm climates, foraging can be possible all throughout the year. Likewise our grass-fed beef can be enjoyed in the warm summer months and chillier winter days. Visit our website to get your own.