Today, I am going to talk a little bit about pasture management. It is very important knowledge to know when operating a farm. I will talk about what is good to have in a pasture and what is bad to have in a pasture.
There are many types of grasses that you can have in a pasture like orchard grass, rye grass, and Timothy grass . In a pasture it isn’t just all grass. For example legumes like alfalfa, clover peas, beans and clover are important in a pasture as they provide protein for the animal. Having nuts or fruit trees in or near a pasture is a good way to keep pigs fed. We are planting apple trees today and will plant our pecan trees soon.
Figuring out toxic plants in your pastures is very important here are a few toxic plants that are common. Fiddleneck , Lambs Quarters, and Pokeweed remove these immediately if you have any.
In our pastures we have rye grass, oats, legumes, brassicas and clover. We planted the clover this spring but it hasn’t came up very much as it hasn’t rained much. We have been watering it by hand though. We have been watching what the pigs have not been eating and been pulling it out as we go. Every week or two we rotate the pigs into another pasture so the pastures have some time to recover.
In our second back pasture we have it wooded so the pigs can forage instead of graze. They have little tunnels dug in the leaves back there it is funny. We have oak trees in there so when they fall they can forage for nuts. If you have any feeder animals it is good to fatten them up on nuts before you take them to get processed.
Our farm is definitely different from what it looked like around six months ago, when we started working on it. Our goal for our pastures is to have plants growing year round. But for now we need to get some seed down that grows well in the summer.