High stock density offers several advantages

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HAY & FORAGE GROWER – Not to be mistaken with rotational grazing or ultra-high stock density (UHSD) grazing, high stock density (HSD) grazing is the practice of intentionally grazing livestock at higher concentrations than normal to manage soil, forages, and livestock production of a specific area.

Hugh Aljoe, director of producer relations and pasture and range consultant for the Noble Research Institute, explained the difference between rotational and HSD grazing as well as considerations to keep in mind when implementing HSD grazing in an article published in the Noble News & Views.

. . . . . . Aljoe also states that there is no optimum stock density. “Stock density is dependent on the objective to be achieved, the situation, and resources,” he elaborates. Other variables that influence stock density are the season, long-term objectives, type of soil and forages, terrain, and herd size.

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Read the entire article by Kassidy Buse, the 2018 Hay & Forage Grower summer editorial intern, here: HSD Offer Advantages

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