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Pasture Management Schedule

January
1st Restrict animals from wet pastures and surface waters
Collect manure daily from confinement areas and keep covered
Hang bird, bat, and mason bee boxes

February
1st Restrict animals from wet pastures and surface waters
Collect manure daily from confinement areas and keep covered
Sample soils and have analyzed

March
1st Restrict animals from wet pastures and surface waters
Collect manure daily from confinement areas and keep covered
Plant native trees and shrubs

April
1st Clip weeds and tall grasses, harrow manure
Reseed or overseed pastures if needed
Pull emerging weeds
Begin rotational grazing of pastures
15th Apply 35% of annual compost or commercial fertilizer requirement

May
1st Clip weeds and tall grasses, harrow manure in grazed pastures after moving livestock to new one
15th Apply 40% of annual compost or commercial fertilizer requirement

June
1st Clip weeds and tall grasses, harrow manure in grazed pastures after moving livestock to new one
July
1st Clip weeds and tall grasses, harrow manure in grazed pastures after moving livestock to new one
Repair or construct winter confinement area
Pull tansy, wearing gloves for protection

August
1st Clip weeds and tall grasses, harrow manure in grazed pastures after moving livestock to new one
Repair or construct manure storage bins
15th Apply 25% of annual compost or commercial fertilizer requirement

September
1st Clip weeds and tall grasses, harrow manure in grazed pastures after moving livestock to new one
Reseed or overseed pastures if needed
Repair or install gutters, downspouts, and outlets
Apply lime as recommended on a soil test analysis
Cut blackberries to ground for control

October
1st Restrict animals from wet pastures and surface waters
Collect manure daily from confinement areas and keep covered

November
1st Restrict animals from wet pastures and surface waters
Collect manure daily from confinement areas and keep covered

December
1st Restrict animals from wet pastures and surface waters
Collect manure daily from confinement areas and keep covered