Pasture Management Through the Season

Sid Bosworth, Extension Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont

Spring Management
It is important to consider that what you do with your pasture in the spring can determine what will happen for the rest of the year in terms of pasture and animal productivity. Here are a few things to consider that might help you improve pasture and animal performance.

Summer Management
With adequate pasture available, most livestock farms should be able to provide a relatively inexpensive feed during the summer months. Only during periods of extended drought, should there be a need to supplement cows with hay or silage. Here are a few things to consider that might help you improve pasture and animal performance during the summer months:

Fall Management
Although you can get significant forage during the fall months, it is also a time of preparation for winter and the next year. The following are some thoughts on managing in the fall.

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