What kind of fencing should I use?
It’s your choice. But whatever you use, we suggest building as many permanent paddocks as you think you will need. Permanent fencing actually adds to your flexibility because you can hook up polywire almost anywhere if you need to subdivide further. The secret is to have enough permanent subdivisions in the system so you can’t go wrong if your labor resources get stretched thin.

I’m wary of setting up systems that require you to move temporary fencing every time you move livestock. Moving wire is very labor intensive. Some farmers enjoy it, but for many, the thrill wears off pretty fast. Some say it only takes them 20 minutes to move fence. It takes me 10 minutes just to get my boots on and get out the door!

When there’s a cold rain falling, you don’t want to spend 20 minutes moving fence. That’s why I suggest designing your permanent fencing so all you have to do is open a gate before going to supper.

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1. What kind of fencing should I use?
2. What shape should my paddocks be?
3. How should I orient my paddocks on slopes?
4. How tall should the pasture be when I start grazing?
5. When should I move livestock to new grass?
6. Should I drag my pastures?
7. I’ve done everything that you suggested and I’m still not getting the production, what should I do?
8. Should I reseed my pastures?