Management Intensive Grazing
WHAT IS MANAGEMENT INTENSIVE GRAZING?
MIG is when a pasture is divided up into sections or paddocks and the cattle are moved from one section to another. This gives the non-populated areas a rest period for regrowth.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MIG?
When cattle have free reign over an entire pasture they are pickier eaters than when they are in a paddock. When in a paddock, cattle will eat all forage evenly giving the higher quality grasses a chance to grow while starving out the less desirable plants. When done properly, the higher quality grasses are not over grazed, preventing root damage and much slower regrowth.
MIG creates far better regrowth. The cattle usually are around the water source more than the rest of the pasture and this destroys the grass near the watering tanks. When the grass is eaten, the cattle are moved to another paddock and the water source is moved allowing the paddock to regrow evenly.
MIG produces more profit by cutting production costs and adding value to your land. This type of grazing creates more evenly grown and thicker grass which allows the cattle to graze later into the year. These factors enhance the producer's ability to more efficiently put more weight on cattle while keeping their input costs lower.
MIG also enhances soil health through carbon sequestration, natural fertilization and aeration.
HOW CAN I DO MIG ON MY RANCH?
Start with making a list of goals and objectives. You can use this to develop a grazing plan that best fits your ranch. There are a number of resources to follow to learn more. Tomcat provides ranch consulting services and can help you develop a custom grazing plan.