Nebraska producers wanting to stretch their pasture supply should consider windrow grazing, says Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska forage specialist.
Windrow grazing involves cutting and windrowing the amount of pasture your animals might need for about a week, then building electric cross fence that will give them just a day or two’s worth of feed. When that feed is consumed, move the fence to offer them the forage in a few more windrows.
“As the cattle near the end of the windrows you’ve already cut, lay down another patch and repeat strip grazing of windrows as long as you wish or can,” he adds.
“Other graziers have found that windrow grazing sometimes doubles the number of grazing days compared to regular rotational grazing. If you need more pasture, maybe it can work for you, too,” Anderson adds.