Aerating Pastures, Is It Worth It?

Spike AeratorCattle producers in Kentucky rely on cool-season perennial grasses to provide the majority of forage for their cattle operations. Grasses, such as tall fescue, can be grazed for many years without any type of tillage tool being used on the field.

Renovating High Traffic Areas

High traffic areas, such as feeding areas, sacrifice lots, alleyways, gateways and waterers, are often bare and muddy late winter and early spring. To slow and reduce soil erosion, compaction, forage damage, and weed problems, these areas need to be renovated promptly. Reducing these muddy areas is beneficial for animal health.

Interseeding Clover

Adding clovers to grass pastures and hay fields can offer many benefits to a forage system. Clovers interseeded with grasses improve animal performance, increase nutritional quality of pasture and hay, extend the grazing season, and reduce the need for nitrogen fertilizer. The two most common types of clover planted in Kentucky are red and ladino white clover. Red clover is a tall-growing, short-lived perennial, which usually lasts about 3 years. Ladino white clover is a low-growing, long-lived perennial better suited for grazing.