Small fields here means there is not much choice but to keep moving them about, unless we put 4 cows in each field, could just leave the gates open but that is just silly and makes a mess of the gatewaysAs im often told on here there are numerous benefits to rotationally grazing livestock so is everyone doing it? and if not why? what are the downsides im not hearing about as when i drive across the country i rarely see it!
I was really surprised at the cost of putting the infrastructure in and even more surprised at how much work it was, having said that good job I did.I suspect the reasons being capital expenditure on fencing and water and the time to put infrastructure in place and the time to shift stock every 3 or so days.
All of this, of course, is recouped very quickly with grass growth and output per acre
Exactly how I started.I forced dad to let me do it 2 years ago, he kicked and screamed all the way, had to use bit of shitty electric wire and crappy posts because he was dammed if he was spending any money on it. I persisted and last year I went and bought a quad, new posts, Gallagher geared reels (dont waste your time with any other) and new wire. I shift my sucklers, heifers and steers daily. Takes about 15 minutes per group once I get in the spring of it. Wouldnt ever not do it, it's easy once you know how and the reward is well worth it. I ticked my sucklers at 3-4 cows to an acre last year (once I had some rain)
As above, sucklers and youngstock are easy as you havent got to worry about tracks yo get them in for milking. I just create a bit of a path for them to get back to the water trough in each field and that way I'm only tearing up a small strip along a hedge
I'm hoping this year I can get stewardship funding to put proper tracks in as I want to extend the grazing season into November-decemeber anyway and the best way I can see is to use tracks but thankyou anywayExactly how I started.
Kiwitech (James Daniels, near launceston ) can supply an excellent portable trough. I connected camlock couplers to all the water troughs and have floats that either fit or lengths of blue pipe I can drag around and connect into the troughs. Saves a bit of work making the tracks to the troughs, especially in the shoulders of the year when it can get a bit soupy.