Last night on #HayTalk we discussed the topic of fall grazing. As the air gets a little cooler and days get shorter, many producers take advantage of fall rains to stockpile forages or plant winter annuals for fall/winter grazing. Producing and/or purchasing hay to feed livestock through the winter is a significant expense for producers. Add that along with the rising prices of grain and fuel and the expense sky rockets.
Luckily their are several strategies that can be employed to supply forage into fall or early winter and effectively extend the grazing season up to 60-90 days. This in turn reduces the dependency on stored feeds. These strategies can be grouped into two categories: stockpiling (conserving cool season forages in late summer for use in the fall/winter) and utilizing forage crops that continue to grow into fall and winter.
To learn more about each of these methods to extend the grazing season I have included a list to several reliable resources. I also highly recommend contacting your state’s forage extension specialist for more detailed information about fall grazing options in your area.