Post by oregonnewbie on Jan 20, 2011 16:24:47 GMT -5
Just wondering if anyone here has experience with using picket pins and a chain for "rotational" grazing. We have 3 fenced acres that are divided into 3 smaller paddocks. We have a milk cow and a calf (who will be a year old this summer), and I wanted to experiment this spring with giving them mini paddocks and moving them every day.
Additionally, we also have the opportunity to graze a couple of neighbors' unused pastures. I have experience putting up a quick electric fence with rebar posts and a single strand of wire, but I was wondering if a 30-foot length of chain and picket pin for each cow might be an even better option.
Is there any reason I wouldn't want to use the picket pin approach?
I picket my cows and I LOVE it. I can't put even temporary fences on the pasture since I don't own it, and it's so nice to be able to scout the best grass and then take them there. I use the screw-in dog tie thingys for Bonnie. Her chain is about 20 feet but I'd love for it to be 10 feet longer. Her calf was picketed last year too, starting from 2 months old to 6 months old when they came off the pasture for the year. That said, if there are obstacles (stumps, large boulders) then you really need to be on the ball about untangling them. If it's a flat-ish pasture then they would probably be fine. I also use a chain because they don't tighten around feet like cables or rope. They are both pretty adept at lifting a foot and just shaking the chain off a foot, without interrupting their grazing.
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My parents picket their cows and have never had a problem. I'll be doing the same with mine this summer.
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I picket a lot for my milker and her calf, although you need to be diligent in keeping an eye on them, and make sure they are trained to being tied in the first place. A mature cow can easily need moving more than once per day on that length of rope or chain - depending on the grass quality. Any longer length though and they tend to waste more than they graze due to trampling etc.
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