In cool spring, hold cows off pasture until growth reaches at least 4 inches says UMissouri
Even though the grass may be growing in the pastures, farmers may want to hold back on letting cows graze. With the grass being weak and thin from the winter, it is good to let it grow back a little before grazing. “Wait for grass to reach a minimum 4 inches of new growth. More is better” Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist said. By giving the grass in the pasture time to grow and regain strength, farmers may see long-term benefits. Grazing too early can cause farmers to have to reseed their pastures. “Holding livestock off to let grass grow from 3 inches up to 5 inches makes a big difference.” Kallenbach said.