Strip grazing essentially involves the abnormal increase in stocking density, on a relatively small area, for a relatively short period of time (with long rest periods between uses).
Strip grazing is accompanied by:
- Increased management inputs and infrastructure (electric fences, water supply etc.)
- Adaptation of animals in such a system (selection NB)
- The utilization of all (as much as possible) plant material (non-selective grazing):
- Increased total production per hectare (kg meat / ha)
- Lower individual animal performance
- Increased stress levels due to competition between animals for:
- Available grazing
- Lick supplementation troughs
- Pressure on immunity
- Pressure on reproduction
A tool that can play a major role in addressing the optimal utilization of grazing, is the supplementation of a digestive modifier.
The use of a digestive modifier.
- Ensure optimal digestion of plant material
- Neutralize harmful anti-nutrients
- Optimize availability and utilization of nutrients
- Support body condition
- Why necessary:
The following factors have a negative effect on digestion and utilization:
- Utilization of plant material that will not be regularly selected
- Animals are forced to graze less palatable and less digestible plant material
- Physiological growth stage of grass
- If the grass has made seed, it translocates nutrients to the roots and the fibre content of the leaves and stems increases drastically. It becomes more difficult to digest, resulting in a slower rate of passage through the digestive system and reduced availability of nutrients
- Presence of anti-nutrients - which can limit the utilization of nutrients and cause damage to the rumen e.g.
- terpenes and
- Suboptimal rumen microbial population - caused by the factors mentioned above. Rumen microbes play a major role in the process of digestion. It is therefore a vicious cycle that needs to be stopped and Browse Plus can help alleviate the negative effect of the above mentioned factors.
Figure 1. Notice the difference in dung - below, right needs Browse Plus!
Figure 2. Product A is Browse Plus - see difference in appearance / fineness vs other products
Supplement Browse Plus to:
- Improve digestion and optimize nutrient utilization
- Support body condition (limit weight loss)
- Ensure better animal performance