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Mob Grazing Does Build Soil Health

By John Graham, Kentucky NRCS Soil Health Specialist, Lexington KY

While being the State Soil Health Specialist in Kentucky, I have heard a tremendous amount of conversation about building soil health by using a mob grazing approach in pasture fields.  Even though mob grazing is not for all producers, I do believe there are numerous Kentucky producers who could benefit by implementing a mob grazing system on their land and by following many of the practices in the attached Greg Judy video (“Monitoring Animal Performance For Maximum Profit with Greg Judy” sponsored by “Practical Farmers Of Ontario”).  It should be noted that the principles of mob grazing work across the nation or across the globe.  The plant species may be different from one geographic location to the next but the principles are the same.  When a mob grazing system is implemented appropriately on the landscape, the 5 principles of soil health are maximized to increase soil organic matter and soil health in general.  The five principles of soil health are: 1. Limit or eliminate tillage as much as possible. 2. Maximize organic matter on the soil surface in the form of plant residues and in the soil surface in the form of dead roots. 3. Keep a live root growing year round.  4. Maximize plant diversity to include species that are cool season grasses, cool season broadleafs, warm season grasses and warm season broadleafs.  5. Maximize the use of animal waste whenever possible.  When mob grazing is fully implemented and all 5 principles of soil health are applied, the results are better soil health, better landowner self sustainability and higher landowner profit.  Please click here to connect to the Greg Judy video found on YouTube:Mob Grazing