Here is my first attempt at 'Management Intensive Grazing'. In this system the cows are given a new small area to graze on each day, followed by a long period of rest for the area. This is in contrast to 'extensive' grazing, where the cows are simply kept in a large area and allowed to graze wherever they please.
Cows so full they need to lay down and rest is a good sign.
The benefit of the approach is faster regrowth of the grass, higher overall carrying capacity, and increased carbon storage in the soil. The downside of course is that it is a lot more work.
I'm trying it this year on about half of the farm. The pastures really need a lot of improvement, and I'm hoping that doing this way I can avoid plowing and reseeding, which is expensive and results in a lot of carbon release.
A larger field is temporarily divided into smaller areas using portable fencing.