One of our primary practice here at MGF is intensive rotational grazing. Rotational grazing has many different names, descriptions and functions, and that is why we love this farming method! One can adjust the timing, stocking rate, stocking density in different ways during different times of the year depending on what you think best suits your farm and animals at that time.
We utilize our fescue and perennial cool season forages during the spring, summer and fall while stockpiling these a portion of these fields for winter grazing . Our established native warm season grass stand (big blue stem, little big stem, and indian grass) provide great summer forage for our cattle and diverse habitat for wildlife. However, our cattle herds are managed under a low input philosophy that heavy relies on grazing and utilizing what we already have on our land. We believe diversity in our pasture forages is key when focusing on animal performance, forage productivity and overall farm resilience. The health of our soils is truly our top priority and believe if a farm strives toward increased soil health, all other living things (livestock, wildlife, plants, water, air, people ) will also thrive. All of these goals we believe can be accomplished using different forms of rotational grazing on the farm.
Not only does intensive rotational grazing benefit our cattle but it also improves water quality, the biology in our soils and financial stability of the farm. That is a win win win!! You can click on the video to the right to see how regenerative farming practices are being implemented on MGF!
We believe one of the best farming practices any one person can do to better their farming operation, both financially and for the sake of animal welfare, is to match the right genetics with your environment and farm. For us the South Poll breed has proven to be a great fit for our operation and our farming style. South Polls are known to handle the heat, better tolerate our predominantly fescue based pastures and fatten on a forage only diet. South Poll Grass Cattle range between 900-1100 pound cows. This medium frame size and their large gut capacity, allows them to excel on pasture.
Over all by fitting the right breed of livestock with your farm, you will have less issues with your animals which will translate to more dollars kept in your pocket! To be a sustainable and regenerative farm that includes being financially stable as well!
Fullblood yearling South Poll Heifer thriving on heavy fescue based pasture