Evaluate Forage Availability

Spring is generally the time of greatest forage production for most producers in Texas, Oklahoma, and the Southeast. If excess forage is not available during this time of year then the operation is likely overstocked and stocking rates should be reduced. Regardless of forage species, overgrazing leads to reduced forage production and potential stand loss overtime. If plants are grazed at an appropriate height for a given species, roots will grow deeper and increase in mass. This allows the plant to take in more nutrients and reach soil moisture at a greater depth when conditions are dry.