The most important piece to a successful grazing operation is pasture management.
It’s not as simple as planting an 80-acre field of grass. Pastures have to be micro-managed. A tool to help manage pasture is the grazing wedge. This device allows farms to measure consumption and growth rate of pastures. “The grazing wedge allows me to calculate how many pounds of dry matter per acre are in the pasture. Based on this calculation, if I have excess forage, I’ll put it up for the winter months. If I don’t have enough, I know to bring in feed to maintain dry matter levels,” says Mike Meier, owner of Meier Dairy in Missouri. “Looking 30 days out, I know what I’m going to have or not have for forages.”
The University of Missouri offers an online version of the grazing wedge. To access the grazing wedge, go to: http://bit.ly/nMCm4U