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Benefits of Rotational Grazing

Farmers experience several benefits when they rotationally graze their animals. These benefits include reduced cost of operation, improved soil and land quality, and improved quality of life for livestock. Let’s take a closer look.

Cost Savings

A study conducted by the Penn State University Agriculture Extension states that “on dairy farms where pasture makes up a significant portion of the forage program, feed costs may be reduced during the grazing season by $.50 to $1.00 a day per cow.” In addition, production costs are lower for rotational grazing strategies than confinement feeding strategies, which can result in higher profitability. These cost savings can be credited to decreased feed, labor, fuel, and veterinary expenses.

Environmental Benefits

Soil quality increases due to less soil erosion on farms that adopt a rotational grazing strategy. Since the land is able to recover between feedings, there is a constant vegetative cover that in time develops a thicker and denser growth. As a result, the soil is healthier and has a positive residual impact on water and air quality.

Quality of Life

The increased quality of life for those who implement rotational grazing is highly valued. Rotational grazing practices, compared to using a confined feeding strategy, allows for fewer farm safety risks and an easy introduction and inclusion of children with farming. Farmers using rotational grazing have found that on average more cows were milked on the same amount of time, they experience stable or increased income, and they spent more time on leisure and family activities.

Information provided by Penn State, College of Agricultural Services

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