Double Stocking and Shorter Grazing Season ?

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Stocker Steve

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We have two main grazing units, and have struggled at times to balance the cow herd and the two bull batteries and our labor. Since we calve on grass in May - - we have been sorting in early spring to haul heavy breds and then end up calving at two locations.

Would like to increase grazing density and lengthen the grazing season - - so thinking about calving out at home and then moving the entire cow herd for a shortened grazing season. The home location would get one summer hay cutting in July and then be stockpiled. This would reduce labor, increase grazing density, and increase trampling.

So roughly the home farm would be grazed May, October, November, perhaps December, and the second farm would be grazed June, July, August, September. Do you see any downside other than increased trucking?
 
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Having two grass grazing operations is unusual here. Some BTOs are trucking between grass in summer and corn stalks in the winter, but long hauls are getting more costly.

The more typical beef operation has one grass operation and a TMR.
 

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How do they handle yearling heifers?
How so? Heifers are held in a different pasture through the winter. Mainly February born heifers when they turn them to grass in late April they are 14-15 months old. The bulls go with them. Again they are in a separate part of the world for about 60 days. Then they go out with the cows. I am sure that our definition of a pasture is different than your area.
 

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