Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about.
View All Posts
Posted on May 13, 2020 at 10:31 AM by Allan Warren
Other possibilities for flexibility that should be considered include laying out a few paddocks initially with the intent of further divisions in the future; installing some main fence lines and lanes with permanent fencing materials but using temporary or semi-permanent fencing for all other internal divisions to allow for more efficient hay harvest and fertilization; or using temporary fencing to create variable-sized paddocks as the season and regrowth characteristics dictate, an example being the daily or half-day strip grazing practiced by dairy graziers.
For every site there will likely be several good and workable layouts. Get a good to-scale map of the site, and walk across the site to get a good sense of the general lay-of-the-land, paying special attention to ditches, drainage areas, trees, existing livestock trails, and other features of the site that may influence or interfere with movement of livestock. Consider paddock and lane arrangements by using the list of guidelines.
Take two or three best designs to the field and view the areas again with the alternative designs in mind. Use flags or stakes on proposed fence lines. Have grazing advisors from the Pierce Conservation District (PCD) visit the pasture to provide additional suggestions or comments. Visit other grazing systems for guidance about mistakes made, precautions, and features that others feel are desirable.
Once a design is chosen, begin assessing the suitability of existing fencing. Use what is still useful, but seriously consider the costs and benefits of new construction. There are many new fencing technologies available, whether permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary. All can be adapted to electrification. Begin to acquire fencing and water distribution materials and begin installing the layout.
In order to assist with implementing your new grazing plan, PCD has temporary electric fencing kits available for short-term loan. Contact us to inquire about obtaining a kit.