Intensive Rotational Grazing / Pasture Raised Animals
We rotate our herd/flock of animals through 20 paddocks (on approximately 16 acres) year round. Every 35 days they return to same paddock, on average. We rotate for nutrition not for parasite control (each paddock would have to rest for six months and we don't have enough land to achieve this). The ruminants all graze together: goats, sheep and cows. Then the chickens follow and spread cow pies and scratch weed around the base of perennial plants (like the blueberries). We also run them in garden areas where the other animals don't graze. The biodiversity of grasses and forbs in our pastures is outstanding: from the birds foot trefoil to perennial ryegrass, vetch, orchard grass, sorrels and on and on. This diverse selection keeps the rummen happily digesting.
Photo credit: all photos in slide show taken by Angela Wartes-Kahl and Garth Kahl, except for pigs by Nathan Solak.