Rotational Grazing

by Pre Brands September 06, 2022

Two farmers looking off into the distance at cattle

What is Rotational Grazing?

Rotational grazing is considered regenerative agriculture as it allows for the containment and movement of animals through certain areas of pasture to improve soil, plant, and overall animal health.

How Does Rotational Grazing Work?

In short, a small portion of pasture is scheduled for grazing at a set time while the remainder of the pasture rests and regenerates. To accomplish this rotation throughout the pasture, animals are set up in paddocks and moved from one paddock to another, allowing the farmer or rancher to control where the livestock will graze. A paddock is a small field where the cattle roam. 
Many farmers or ranchers will divvy up their large pastures into something reminiscent of a pizza. Each‘slice’ is a paddock, and livestock will be allowed to graze for a day or two before moving to the next paddock. The length of rotation intervals is determined by how big the‘slice’ is and how long it takes the livestock to graze.
cattle grazing on pasture

How Does it Help?

If livestock — such as cattle, hogs, and even goats — are left free to graze to their heart’s content on a wide-open pasture, they’ll naturally eat the best and tastiest stuff first(who wouldn’t?). As a result, sections of the pasture will be over-grazed and under-grazed, and the pasture won’t have the opportunity to develop strong roots and regenerate.
When grazing is managed rotationally, the pasture will see significant returns. Rotational grazing encourages plants to send out more, stronger and deeper roots. These roots are then continuously sloughed off and decompose into the ground, boosting soil biomass and fertility.
In addition, several other benefits come from rotational grazing:
  • Carbon sequestering
  • Drought resistance
  • Erosion prevention
  • Reduction of agricultural runoff
  • Control of less desirable plants
  • Animal exercise
  • More stable production during poor growing conditions
  • Greater yield potential
  • There is higher quality forage available
  • Decreased weed and erosion problems

family looking off into the distance at cattle

Rotational Grazing and Pre

When grass-fed and finished cattleare raised in pastures operating with rotational grazing, the benefits are self-evident. Animals in grazing systems are often healthier than animals housed in confinement. The cattle have more space and access to fresh air; this reduces their exposure to high levels of microorganisms. Reducing their exposure to microorganisms keeps them healthy. Additionally, increased freedom for movement enhances physical fitness and decreases injury opportunities.
Not only is Pre beef sourced from cattle that are pasture raised year-round, but it is also raised on pastures that implement rotational grazing. By utilizing rotational grazing, we can ensure healthier cattle, superior meat, and better cuts of beef for our customers. We promise to always provide our customers with 100% grass-fed, grass-finished beef raised with care.
In addition to sourcing beef raised on rotational grazing pastures, we also never add hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics to our beef and are adamant that there are no GMOs. As a pasture-raised beef brand, we believe that food naturally tastes great when chosen with integrity and care and that nature, not technology, should be responsible for what’s on our plates. If you’re dying to taste the rotationally grazed beef difference for yourself(we know you are), order from our wide selection of premium cuts today!

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