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Controlled grazing includes any system in which the producer controls the grazing pattern of the cattle known by many names, such as rotational grazing, intensive grazing and strip grazing.
For most livestock producers extending the grazing season for their animals, or otherwise filling gaps in pasture forage availability to reduce stored feed needs, should be a high priority objective. This can be accomplished by forage growth distribution, stockpiling of forage, taking advantage of unique grazing opportunities, and other forage or livestock management approaches.
Rotational grazing should follow a formula to assure proper paddock size.
Native warm-season grasses can be a valuable tool for mid-South forage producers and complement existing cool-season forages. They can provide large volumes of high-quality forage produce excellent gains and provide considerable protection against drought. They require minimal fertilizer or lime to sustain productivity, and have few known insect or disease pests.