Integrated grazing management

Integrated grazing management

Integrated grazing management where either sheep or cattle are grazed inside the deer fence is being used increasingly to manage pasture quality, control weeds such as ragwort, clean up calving paddocks, and manage intestinal parasite and facial eczema problems through provision of clean pastures. This can significantly increase the profitability of the operation. For example, a mob of stags, cows or ewes could be used to control summer pastures to regain quality in preparation for weaned calves in early autumn.

Disease risks from other stock include Johne’s disease, Malignant catarrhal fever (MCF), TB and brucellosis. These risks can be managed by using appropriate stock types and ages and avoiding those that increase risks. Other diseases such as internal parasites are relatively deer specific and cross contamination in unlikely unless there is a very severe challenge.

Successful integrated grazing requires a good understanding of both pasture management and animal requirements.