Responsible weed control results in a safer and healthier pasture for your livestock. Newer vegetation growth is richer in nutrients and easier to digest from you cattle, horses, goats, sheep, and other livestock. Cutting a pasture before the weeds have a chance to mature and go to seed will greatly inhibit weed growth going forward. When taller weeds are allowed to grow they shade out more nourishing grazing grasses and vegetation.
Cattle will feed where it is best for them. Overtime you will notice that patches of weeds and over-growth will develop. This is because if a patch of weeds are allowed to grow they shade out grasses and forageable vegetation that livestock thrive on. Forageable pasture will begin to shrink while useless weed islands expand. Routine pasture mowing reduces the foothold that weeds can have allowing food plots, edible grasses, and forageable vegetation to grow, thicken, and expand.
A key factor in reducing the expansion of weeds and the woodlands into your pastures, paddocks, and fields is regular edge mowing. Mowing up to the edge and even into your wooded area will hold back weeds and brush from dropping seed on your pasture. Animals can that live in the wooded parts of your acreage can also spread seeds. We suggest more frequent edge mowing if possible and even Underbrush clearing fifteen to twenty feet into wooded areas.