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Management-Intensive Grazing: Grazing System Design

Grazing System Infrastructure

Grazing systems depend on and, in many cases, are limited by their infrastructure. Close attention to providing effective and durable fencing, watering systems, and methods for reducing heat stress (e.g., shade, cooling ponds, mist systems, etc.) is critical to the success of a grazing system.

In this section, information about fencing, water availability, and heat stress mitigation strategies is presented.   

Fencing Systems

Any MIG system will require some type of fence to subdivide large pastures into paddocks. This is usually most efficiently and cost-effectively accomplished by employing a permanent perimeter fence around the large pasture's perimeter and a temporary, portable electric fence to delineate paddocks.  Read more...

Water Systems

One of the most significant challenges of designing a grazing system is ensuring that clean drinking water is available to grazing animals in each of the paddocks that are grazed. Read more...

Heat Stress Mitigation Strategies

Substantial research at UGA and elsewhere has shown that heat stress can drastically reduce forage intake and, as a result, animal performance. Some mechanism for mitigating heat stress is necessary to maximize the performance of grazing animals. Read more...