Planning Fencing Systems For Controlled Grazing

Planning Fencing Systems For Controlled Grazing

Susan Wood Gay, Extension Engineer; S. Ray Smith, Extension Forage Specialist; and Gordon E. Groover, Extension Agricultural Economist; Virginia Tech

Controlled grazing can be an economical way to provide forage to grazing animals. Utilizing pasture as a major portion of the forage plan can significantly reduce feed costs during the grazing season. Virginia’s soils and climate are especially favorable for the growth of a wide range of productive, high-quality grasses and legumes suitable for grazing. However, optimizing a controlled grazing system requires careful planning and good management of a fencing system.

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