Rotational Grazing in South Dakota - Dairy Cattle

Final Report for FNC97-185

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 1997: $3,448.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1997
Region: North Central
State: South Dakota
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Project Information


Grass-based dairying, utilizing a rotational grazing system, provides an aternative for family farmers to maximize income and lower costs.

Objective: To demonstrate why rotational grazing of dairy cattle is more efficient than dry-lot methods.

Existing grass pastures wre renovated by frost-seeding legumes. Warm-season annuals were seeded for summer grazing, and fencing was installed for a rotational grazing system.

Results: Seeding and fencing was completed. Due to unforeseen circumstances, only limited grazing was conducted in 1998. The project will be extended to gather additional data.


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