Pasture Monitoring 2013 – Bobolink Prairie Farm
Managing animals on pasture offers the opportunity to improve productivity on a fixed land area. The Andersons run about 30 cows on their farm, which includes 65 acres pasture, also corn, soybeans and hay. Andersons monitored activity daily on
their pastures. Interseeding pastures with new species and switching to rotational grazing have increased the forage production and carrying capacity of the pastures. Since 2010, pounds of calf weaned per acre has increased by 74%. Next, Andersons are increasingly interested in getting more native species, such as big and little bluestem, in their pastures.