Matt Robbins

Arkansas, USA


Highlights of the episode:

[2:00] We have been doing Total Grazing for 2 years now and this is the first year that we did it implementing things that we learned in Jaime's class and without those things that we learned in Jaime's class, we wouldn't be at the point we are today. 

[2:19] We were missing on a few critical things that greatly improved the productivity of the land, the health of the cows and our own wellbeing as well. 

[2:56] We tried all the different rotational grazing types, "take half, leave half", the "take a 1/3, leave 2/3s", I mean you name it, we've tried it.

[3:11] What it ended up ultimately resulting in was poor, poor, poor quality soil, we had a high interplant spacing, and broom sedge that was popping up.

[3:23] The weeds, they became an issue again. And it was just the opposite result of what we were looking for.

[3:43] I really don't see how that type of grazing, could really work, especially after doing Total Grazing compared. It's just a night and day difference.

[3:59] This is the second year with Total Grazing, first year using the things that we learned in your class. And we ran out of cows, we need to double, easily double our stocking rate to be able to make effective use of our forage.

[4:28] And we are going to end up being on 40 acres for almost 60 days by the time we are done with it. It is pretty incredible.

[11:10] It is not overgrazing if you give it the appropriate amount of rest. And that's key, the amount of rest.

[11:20] What we've seen when we tried the other forms of rational grazing, the cows will go through and they'll pick out the very best plants and will graze them down to the crown.

[11:29] You do this enough times and eventually, the desirable plants are gone sop you are left with weeds and undesirable plants and sedge and your plant spacing just continues to grow so by taking everything evenly you encourage your good plants to grow, go ahead be fruitful and multiply and discourages your less desirable plants.

[11:53] So taking that grass down evenly and giving it the proper amount of rest is the biggest difference vs doing like a third graze or half graze or whatever else.

[12:14] If you clip that plant down, it's not trying to support that stem. It's able to send out new leaves and it is even better than it was before, it's a pretty magical thing. It's really a magical thing.