To graze or not to graze that is my question.


You can graze existing forage in pastures anytime of the year if you leave a good stubble height: 2" for ryegrass, 3" for fescue, and 4" for orchardgrass. If you don't know the type of grass you have, leave a good 3" stubble height. This is especially important for fall grazing. This helps protect existing roots and growing points on the grass, helps grow new roots, and prepares the grass for good regrowth in the spring. Control grazing with temporary electric fence if needed.

Brand new grass emerging needs to have roots strong enough to hold the plant in the ground. Do a "pull" test on the new grass. Tug and rip the grass as if you were grazing it. If the grass tears and the roots stay in the ground, the grass is okay to graze. If the grass is pulled completely out of the ground along with the roots, it is not strong enough to graze.

Either way, you need to protect the grass by leaving a proper stubble height at all times.

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