Solar Grazing Mechanics

Forage Sampling

  • How do you know if your pasture has enough nutrition for your animals? Solar pastures are no exception: if you don't test, you don't know.  Use forage sampling protocols such as the one developed by our own Niko Kochendoerfer to determine how long a solar pasture will hold a given number of sheep.   Sample once per grazing season. Link here: ForageSamplinginPastureASGA
  • Other resources include the Nobel Institute's The Basic of Forage Quality. This excellent resource provides guidelines, definitions, and videos on pasture sampling for grazing nutrition.

Sheep Numbers

Grazier's Math, With Apologies

  • How many sheep per acre? Click on the image to the left to view and download the presentation.
  • Produced by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)
  • For more information, contact Karen Hoffman, Resource Conservationist - Animal Science & Grazing Management, USDA-NRCS, at or (607)334-3231 ext. 7116.