Rotational Grazing in South Dakota – Dairy Cattle
Grass-based dairying, utilizing a rotational grazing system, provides an alternative 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.
Methods: Existing grass pastures were 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 may be extended to gather additional data.
North Central Region SARE 1998 Annual Report.