This property was chosen for a case study as a demonstration of how extended or cell grazing can aid in the retention of nutrients on a farm. With no additional inputs over more than 10 years of grazing, the levels of P, K, N and carbon (organic matter) are still adequate.
In extended grazing a farm is divided up into many small paddocks (or as in this case, a number of paddocks divided by electric fencing into smaller ‘cells’) Moves are based on the growth rate of the pasture and the plants requirement for rest and regrowth. The cell size is determined so the herd grazes the pasture down to a desirable level in one to two days. The dog stands under the single wire fence separating today’s grazing cell from area the cattle will get access to tonight.