Coping with Fertilizer Prices

Most of you know the many advantages that we have as graziers and forage producers in Kentucky. But with the sky high price of fertilizer (which row crop producers require annually), now is an ideal time to appreciate that management intensive rotational grazing makes us not nearly as vulnerable to high fertilizer prices.  Rotationally grazed livestock harvest their own feed and spread their own manure and urine. The urine alone contains high levels of nitrogen and over 80% of the potassium that the animal consumes from the forage. The livestock, the soil and the enterprise all benefit. That’s a great message and one that we should all be promoting!

~ Bill Payne, retired dairy producer, grazing consultant, and KFGC board member.