Sunday, October 19, 2014

Got Your Eye on Oregon Ranches for Sale? Be Prepared for Drought!

Rotational grazing is the use of multiple pastures to feed cattle. To make this possible, a ranch should have a diverse selection of plant species, which in turn should have sufficient cover and healthy root systems, spread across multiple areas or ‘paddocks’. The idea is that livestock should only graze in one paddock at a time so that the soil has sufficient time to recover. If things work well, the soil should be able to store up adequate moisture and enable the growth of healthier plants for forage, just in time for drought season. Yet even with a reliable rotational grazing system in place, ranchers must not forget about the availability of shade because excessive sun exposure can increase the prevalence of parasites and diseases among livestock.


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