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Homesteading Livestock and Pasture Grazing Working Together Pastures are kept in good condition by controlling weeds, fertilizing and most importantly, managing livestock and reducing the risk of overgrazing.
Grazing involves livestock (cows, horses, sheep and goats) feeding on grass as a way to maintain the land maintance, healtier livestock animals and food production for homesteading family’s meat supply. It involves timing, how much grazing, where to graze, and the type of animal that will do it.
The chosen animal has two jobs: eat grass and leave enough room for all plants to grow. Tall grass can kill off other flowers which can be useful.
Regardless of which animal is used to graze, they all need water, shelter, fencing, attention, and care. They are not machines, so they must be treated accordingly for good grazing.
The most notable animal the grazes is cattle, notably cows. They are capable of eating the longer grass with the ability to use their tongue in removing the grass. Cows are able to spread the top soil around with their own weight and create bigger vegetation areas.
Then, there are horses, that graze inches off the ground, choose more thicker grass to go on, and go away from flowers. Only the behavior can be a problem based on certain breeds.
Finally, there are sheep, which has thinning lips that move over the grass slowly and nibble selectively all the way down to a height of just 3 cm. Sheep are lighter to carry and will walk around more quickly while being more immune to certain toxins.
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