Cattle Grazing Management

Cattle Grazing Management is a unique process that we take very seriously at Trusted Table. Our cattle have the ability to openly graze, which converts to energy and ultimately becomes the protein we know and love. During this process, open grazing is a very important key to make sure that all cattle are as healthy as they can naturally be.

Proper cattle grazing management is all about managing the moisture, sunlight, plant/grass growth, and soil health on our specific ranches.

At Trusted Table, we care about investing our resources to produce the most effective and beneficial 365-day all-natural grazing program to raise every single animal in our Texas climate beneficially. To do this, we focus on soil health and use methods such as rotational grazing and consistent testing to ensure our animals are in the environment that best suits their needs.

What do all those terms mean? We’ve broken down the process of Cattle Grazing Management to explain the various ways our ranches manage our cattle and the importance of this process to the health of the environment, soil, and of course, the cattle.

What is Cattle Grazing Management?

Grazing management is the process of organizing the intensity and frequency that livestock graze a certain pasture, as well as make the best use of the fields/soil available to you.

Pastures will respond in different ways according to the amount of grazing allowed, as well as the amount of different grasses planted. Responsible ranchers, like Trusted Table, understand a specific pasture’s growth characteristics and know how to use proper grazing techniques to maintain, and even enhance, productivity and plant growth. Plus, good Cattle Grazing management is essential to retain the nutrients and water in the soil and provide the opportunity for the pasture to recover and regrow. If it’s poorly managed, it can severely degrade natural resources, which is why Trusted Table focuses each and everyday on proper grazing management.

Why Does Good Cattle Management Grazing Matter?

Good Cattle Grazing management is essential for efficiency and sustainability. Proper grazing management helps increase land productivity, reduce equipment and labor costs, increase forage and grass production, as well as reduce feed costs. It allows Trusted Table to ensure each cow is adequately taken care of and in an environment that is completely stress free and meets their needs. There are various types of grazing strategies that can be used to accomplish good cattle management grazing that we implement throughout our different properties.

The Differences in Grazing Strategies

Benefits of Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished Beef

The best ranchers use a combination of different grazing strategies to meet their pasture and animals’ needs at various times throughout the year. While there are many strategies available, there are five techniques that are commonly used for cattle grazing management.

The idea behind rotational grazing is to interchange the livestock through a series of different pastures, allowing them to graze in a new area every time they are moved. Once the last pasture has been grazed, the first area will have rested and grown enough for the cattle to graze that area again.

1. Rotational Grazing

The idea behind rotational grazing is to interchange the livestock through a series of different pastures, allowing them to graze in a new area every time they are moved. Once the last pasture has been grazed, the first area will have rested and grown enough for the cattle to graze that area again.

Rotational grazing focuses on grazing plants when they are at the most nutritious point of their growth cycle, which allows other palatable species to continue to grow and thrive by providing rest time between grazing events. This process enables cattle to get the most nutrition out of their grazing, and is the all-natural, ideal way to manage your animals. At Trusted Table, we are very proud to use a rotational method of grazing to provide the best nutrition for our cattle.

2. Set Stocking

Set stocking is a method allowing cattle to stay in one area for an extended period. There are not many benefits to this method because it does not provide the land any time to rest plus, the grass is not always healthy and nutritious. Supplementary feeding, or certain types of grain feeding, may be necessary to balance the grass’s low supply. This method may be chosen because of reasons such as space limitations, but at Trusted Table we ensure that no animal is raised this way and they have the provided environment to live a stress-free, all natural life.

3. Set Stocking

Tactical grazing is an approach that combines both rotational and set stocking grazing methods throughout a series of years to help meet the different goals of the pasture and animals. Using this method helps to meet the demands of varying livestock due to their reproduction and growth rate while ensuring enough feed supply to sustain it. This method is simple to implement if the farm is set-up for rotational grazing because it will already have the water and fencing supplies needed to switch between different processes.

4. Set Stocking

Supplementary feeding is used to help match the demand with the supply of feed. It can help make up for a decline in production and quality of the pasture or fix a specific cattle nutritional issue by adding minerals, energy, or protein. This can be avoided by seasonally and rotationally grazing and planting to ensure your cows can naturally get the best nutrition during all seasons.

The Importance of Soil Health

The health of soil impacts the overall quality of a cattle’s health and can potentially affect the environment as well. A typical way your soil may suffer is from overgrazing, which is when the same pasture is used for a significant length of time by cattle instead of allowing it to rest and recover. This can lead to an overall reduction in pasture conditions and the amount of grass it yields. Over time, pastures can be reduced to dirt if not properly cared for.

At Trusted Table, we consistently test our soil to ensure the quality is suitable for all of our animals. We always allow rest for our soil and grow different grass varieties to maintain our cattles health year-round. When the soil is adequately taken care of, it results in many benefits for the cattle and environment, including:

Climate and Grass Type Matters

Most locations where cattle are raised must deal with seasonal changes, which means that a ranch will need to use a combination of different grasses to ensure animals get the nutrients they need.

At the various Trusted Table locations, located in and around Emory, Texas, we use a combination of cool-season grasses, such as ryegrass and clover, with warm-season grasses such as Tifton 85, coastal Bermuda, and Bahia grass. In the winter, we plant various winter wheat, oats, triticale, and brassicas such as radish and turnips. By providing different grasses according to the season, we ensure that our grazing program runs year-round and allows us to raise each animal properly in the Texas climate.

Using proper cattle grazing management techniques is beneficial to the cattle, land, and the environment. The care and quality that we dedicate to each animal helps us to provide the best all-natural, grass-fed beef to our customers every time. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our about page or our farm-to-table program. Better for you. Better for your family. Better for the environment.

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