grassproductivity.com principles is maximizing production of this natural grassland resource while improving the soil biology and ensuring sustainable grass land management. By understanding the growth of grass in relation to the “S” curve and when to enter a cell to graze and when to exit is one of the secrets of GRASSPRODUCTIVITY. I am interested to see how the flock regenerate grassland and with their hoofs, break up the cap on the soil surface and increase seed to soil contact to restore perennial native grasses. This recovered fresh litter going back building further regeneration and discover what is in the viable soil seed bank? I am pushing to extremes with the stocking densities and hope to have some clear results by end of August. To start with the grass was woodier, more stem than leaf to a ratio of 80% wood and 20% leaf in most of the grassland. My theory is that dry matter standing has a break down value of 1, if lying flat a break down value of 10, and when tramped in by their hoofs the break down value jumps to 100, due to the close contact with fungi and litter. So the tramping is vital, not too little and not too much will increase the organic matter, enhance the rate of recovery, increase ground cover and increase the plant population. The grass growth is starting to increase and soon will be able to assess the recovery rate. With the recent grass measuring I have noticed that the grass growth recovery is very impressive with rich, succulent growth from the ground upwards and no dry woody growth at all, so that means a huge increase in the grass productivity and nutrition in the first years trial. The result is a doubling of the carrying capacity from the past year into this year.
The other important aspect to consider; what is the nutritional value of the grass the animal is ingesting. For more information on animal nutrition, please refer to the “services” tag.