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A good mix of grasses and legumes in the pasture stand can improve soil fertility, livestock production, and allow for productive grazing from spring to fall.
While broadening the nutritional intake of grazing livestock, plant diversity also suppresses the spread of harmful insects, diseases, and weeds.
We find rotational grazing to be beneficial to both the cattle and the pasture land. We use electric fencing to make this easier. When the legumes have seed heads in the late fall and early winter, cows grazing will spread these seeds around the field. We also stock pile forage for fall and winter grazing for our year round grazing program.