I have to believe this is more than 1,000 head.
These cattle are managed by Neil Dennis in Saskatchewan. Based on a presentation he did for PowerFlex fence that is posted on Youtube, he packs cows into a half-acre and moves them throughout the day, overnighting them in the larger area, then starts small again the next morning. To match his stocking density (1.3 million pounds per acre) I would start my 10 cows in an 18×18 area. 6 steps by 6 steps.
Anyway, I think it’s just amazing. I can’t imagine what the neighbors would think if I took 1,000 cows down the road on a Sunday morning.
3 things to take away from the presentation linked above (and I should caution you, it’s pretty hardcore grazing stuff. You can skip the first video, really.)
- Never have more cows than your wife can look after.
- Neil Dennis says he can’t afford to own cattle. He just grazes them for other people. Might be a lesson for me in that…
- Neil does a lot of testing to see what works on his land. It’s surprising which techniques fail to measure up to the propaganda on his farm.