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Mob grazing vs. Voisin grazing

Prairie soilIf you've read my lunchtime series on Voisin grazing as well as this one on mob grazing, you might be wondering which method is better.  I suspect the answer depends on what kind of animal you're trying to feed, and on how healthy your pasture is to start with.

Mob grazing has two major benefits --- it heals the soil quickly, and it also allows you to keep ruminants on pasture all winter without feeding hay.  On the other hand, Voisin grazing's tender grasses and copious clover make this method more appropriate to non-ruminants (like pigs and chickens), and to dairy animals that require high quality feed.

Can you mix and match the two systems to suit your own needs?  I'm not positive, but I suspect you could treat different paddocks in different ways, stockpiling winter forage in one while grazing another one close and often to promote the growth of clovers.

I'd be very curious to hear from those of you who have tried either system.  What did you like about it?  What problems did you run into?

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This post is part of our Mob Grazing lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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