Texas A&M University has found a new effective practice for water conservation and maintaining water quality. Multi-paddock grazing, where one paddock is grazed while the other is recovering from use, can significantly influence an ecosystem and have positive impacts on soil infiltration, surface runoff, and water quality issues on the farm. Multi-paddock grazing can be more effective than rotational grazing because only one paddock is being grazed at a time, so others have the chance to fully recover. Shorter grazing periods are better for the animals and the plants, and can reduce net carbon footprints of certain livestock.
Multi-paddock grazing also had a positive impact on streamflow, reducing it by about 20% during high flow conditions, making the chances of flooding less likely. With these improvements in soil and water conservation, nutrient retention, and reduction of flood risk, this grazing method is worth exploring for farms.
For more information on how a multi-paddock grazing method works and the benefits, read more here.More From: Texas A&M University
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