If you are concerned about winter-feeding there are measures you can take to stretch your limited stockpile supply, according to Dave Davis, University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center in Linneus, Mo.
“Research at FSRC has shown that limiting animal access to stockpiled forage can double the number of grazing days per acre,” says Mr. Davis. “If animals are allowed free access to stockpile they will typically utilize about 35 percent of the available forage and waste 65 percent. If forage is allocated on a three-day basis, utilization will approach 70 percent. Limiting access is key. With poly-fence and step-in posts this can be accomplished with a minimal investment.”