Tuesday, October 21, 2008

High impact MIG for pasture improvement

As I was moving my fences this morning, using up the last little bits of grass, I noticed an interesting green patch in one of the paddock areas we had moved out of about a week ago. It was a roughly 12' x 12' square. The grass looked lush and green when compared to the rough dry grass surrounding it. That's the power of hoof impact, manure, urine, and short time on location, in other words, high impact MIG. This past year I haven't made my paddocks small enough to really take advantage of this effect. It only happens where the shade house is set up in each paddock. That's where the high impact is happening. If I left them in for a longer period of time this would be a dead area. That's what you get with too much impact and manure. You see it under trees in pastures that have been grazed for a long time. The nutrients get trans-located to that one spot, and the hoof action destroys everything. Toxic. But when you do it for a short amount of time, the effect is magical. Next year I plan cut my paddock size in half and move more often. (We'll see how that plays out with scheduling everything.) If I can do it we will see some dramatic improvement in our pasture in a short amount of time.

High impact area
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