Management intensive grazing is a system that breaks larger fields into smaller units called paddocks. Animals are moved frequently at high stocking rates. Each paddock is grazed, then rested before animals are allowed to graze again.
Advantages include:

  • Highest forage production and use per acre
  • Weeds and brush are usually controlled naturally
  • More even distribution of manure throughout the paddocks
  • Usually increases stocking rates and livestock seem more content.
  • Gives more forage options. Pastures can be rested and grazed more efficiently.

Disadvantages include:

  • Requires careful monitoring of forage.
  • Initial costs may be higher due to fencing materials and water
  • Water distribution systems may be more complicated due to the increased number of paddocks.