Grass-fed cows produce healthier milk and beef products than cows that are fed treated grain or hay and alfalfa with added vitamin boosters, which could be laced with pesticides. If you are just starting a grass-fed beef and dairy farm, you will find out very quickly that keeping up with the grass demands for your herd goes beyond nature's ability to keep up. Here are three quick approaches to regrowing pasture grass for happier, healthier cows.
Rotating Pasture Lands
If you grew crops to feed your herd, you would rotate your crops to keep the land healthy and productive. It is the same with growing enough grass in your pastures to keep up with the appetites of your cows. Keep several large grass pastures and rotate your cows through these pastures once a week to once every other week. This will give the grass in your other pastures time to grow and grow enough grass to feed your herd when you rotate them into the next pasture.
Even with rotating pasture lands, there will be times of the year when grass feedings are impossible. For those times, you can request sod delivery. Sod usually needs to be implanted over a field to continue growing, but you are using the sod to feed your herd during the colder months when they will be in the barn most of the time and will need sustenance. You may eve stock up on a sod delivery in advance to the coming colder months, stocking and stacking your sod in the barn where other farmers stock and stack hay.
You can also use sod to revamp a tired pasture that the herd has just demolished. Sod delivery services may install the sod in your pasture for a fee, or you can choose sod pick up with your own truck and roll out the sod or lay the cut slabs of sod on your own. Just be sure to give the fresh sod a week or two to grow down into the pasture mud before letting your herd graze on it. Click here for info about sod delivery near you.
Fast-Growing Grass Seed
There are some types of grass that grow much faster than others. By spreading a lot of these types of grass seeds around, you can get faster growing grass that can keep your cows well-fed and content for months. Kentucky Blue Grass, ryegrass and centipede grass are all examples of fast-growing grasses that you can purchase seed for and plant to feed your herd.