December 11, 2022 2 min read
We say it often, but here at Cylon Rolling Acres, regenerative agriculture practices are at the heart of everything we do and we always have the environment and soil health at top of mind. During the warmer months we rotationally graze all of our livestock in order to let different parts of the pasture rest and regenerate but what about during the winter when the pastures have gone dormant? That’s where bale grazing comes in.
In a nutshell, bale grazing is when you allow livestock to feed off of a whole, intact bale of hay. As the bale gets eaten, “waste” is left behind (both from the bale and from the livestock) in the form of organic matter that distributes nutrients to the soil and seeds it for the next season.
Bale grazing has been a particularly exciting venture for us because we’ve visually seen the difference in our pastures!
In general, bale grazing:
Here’s what our pastures looked like after a season of bale grazing:
For more on bale grazing, check out my new post on my Grazing with Leslie blog.