The biggest benefit of rotational grazing is increased grass utilisation. The animals have less opportunity to waste and therefore more of the grass is converted into meat, milk, wool and lamb. This translates to greater stocking rate potential and/or greater hay or silage production. Rotational grazing is simply moving stock through a series of fields or paddocks on a regular basis (every one-14 days) to give the pasture a short burst of grazing pressure followed by a rest period.
The partners of the EU SheepNet project have written new factsheets that build upon the existing wealth of resources accrued across the seven countries. I wrote one of the latest additions: A Simple Approach to Rotational Grazing, with Roberto Ruiz, Neiker-Tecnalia, from the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development.