You may also find a reason to renovate your pastures from evaluating livestock performance from the pasture. Livestock performance can be altered in many ways, but when one notices weight gains or milk production decreasing, you really should consider doing a simple pasture inventory and soil test to see if adequate forage is being produced. If you complete the pasture inventory and see plenty of grass, you will probably need to look further into the situation. This could happen from having a forage base of an undesirable grass or legume. If your livestock doesn’t want to eat it, it’s tough to gain with it. Or it could be a situation where the forage present does not produce the tonnage needed to have excellent animal performance. Either case could be fixed by:
- Overgrazing the pasture in winter/spring then drilling a desired forage species mix into the stubble. This will help to dilute the undesirable forage
- Terminating the existing forage by using the Spray, Smother, Spray approach, and starting over with a clean slate to plant your desired forage mix.
Pasture renovations can be achieved in different ways. It’s essential to keep the primary goal in mind, the highest performance from your forages, so you can maximize the profit from your livestock.