How They Protect The Health of Their Farm
Murphy Meadow Farms is a multi-generational family farm located just outside of Orangeville. The Murphys produce grass-fed and finished beef and pasture-raised chicken, which they sell directly to local consumers. The family prides themselves in taking excellent care of their livestock and their land. One of the ways they do this is by practicing intensive rotational grazing, which helps them create healthier soils and forage crops.
Intensive rotational grazing involves moving livestock between areas of pasture divided by fencing. This allows farmers to control overgrazing, rest pastures and evenly distribute manure. Overgrazing can cause soil erosion and compaction and affect plant growth. Rest periods between grazing allows pastures to regrow, replenish stored carbohydrates and develop their root systems. Evenly distributing manure ensures an even contribution of organic matter and nutrients back into the soil across pastures.
We visited Murphy Meadow Farms to learn how they use intensive rotational grazing on their farm. See what they have to say about this innovative and climate-friendly practice.
Watch Now: Intensive Rotational Grazing at Murphy Meadow Farms
Apply intensive rotational grazing on your farm
Interested in learning how to apply rotational grazing on your farm? New funding is available to support farmers in implementing practices that reduce the impacts of climate change, like intensive rotational grazing. Connect with a stewardship coordinator to learn how we can help at [email protected]. Learn more about agricultural best management practices you can apply on your farm at cvc.ca/ruralwater.
Your Countryside Stewardship Team