Grazing Wedge, an online tool for managing pature-based dairy farms

Public farm reports: grazing wedge

The grazing wedge is a graphical representation of forage availability in paddocks on a particular date. To view previous dates, choose the date from the Select date drop-down menu. You can also view grazing wedges for other farms by clicking the Select an different farm button.

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3 Lazy Y grazing wedge: 05/25/2013

2264 2600 2950 3132 3300 3412 3692 4140 5372 5932 6088
Too mature > 3,500 Within target Overgrazed < 1,500 Target cover line

Summary of key indicators for grazing management and animal performance
Livestock class Beef stockers
Growth rate (pounds of dry matter accumulation per acre per day) 64
Pre-grazing cover (pounds DM/acre) Actual: 6,088 Ideal: 3,500
Post-grazing cover (pounds DM/acre) Actual: 2,264 Ideal: 1,500
Average pasture cover (pounds DM/acre) Actual: 3,898 Ideal: 2,500
Rotation length (days until cows return to given paddock)
Milk production (pounds per day)
Hay for milking herd (Pounds per cow per day)
Grain for milking herd (Pounds per cow per day)
Hay for dry cows (Pounds per cow per day)
Grain for dry cows (Pounds per cow per day)
Critical issues right now: Pastures overgrown. Stocking rate was reduced to 33 675lb heifers. Need to hay several pastures. Abundant rain, clover has germinated and lespedeza is starting to appear.

 

Data table

PaddockDry matter yieldPlant typeAcresTons of feed in paddock
752,264Cool season1.0001.1
722,600Cool season1.0001.3
72,950Cool season1.0001.5
S House east3,132Cool season1.0001.6
63,300Cool season1.0001.7
Rye 33,412Cool season1.0001.7
Barn3,692Cool season1.0001.8
S House4,140Cool season1.0002.1
E Bottom5,372Cool season1.0002.7
95,932Cool season1.0003.0
86,088Cool season1.0003.0