Open Plan Video Tutorial

Part 1: Steps 1 - 4

Setting up your Plan is the foundation of a sound plan.  This video covers the first 4 Steps in the planning process, including setting up the planning sheet, ensuring that you have considered all of the factors you will be planning for, placing on the plan the factors that are not paddock specific.  Step 4 which addresses how the animals will be run during this plan is addressed. 

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Part 2: A detailed look at Step 4

There are four ways animals can move through a group of paddocks.  You should not just assume one way is the best way.  This video specifically focuses on those four ways, and offers suggestions as to when each alternative may be most applicable. 

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Part 3: Steps 5 - 8

Step 5 addresses livestock exclusion periods.  Step 6 provides more detail on the process of looking backwards through your historical charts, searching for inadvertent but potentially risky forms of inappropriate timing of grazing.  Step 7 records the paddocks that are available, whilst Step 8 addresses, paddock by paddock, the special needs issues of each paddock.

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Part 4: Steps 9 - 14

 Step 9 addresses how to rate the relative productivity of each paddock the animals will be moving through during the planning period.  Step 10 asks you to make some decisions about likely plant recovery periods under Fast and Slow growth conditions.  Building on these pieces of information Step 11 shows how to calculate the Average Grazing Period for all paddocks and then, for each paddock, its Actual Grazing Period - the information placed in Column 4.  Step 14, the next relevant Step, shows how to use your creativity when planning the sequence of moves through your paddocks.  Also covered in this Step is the process for checking for the risk of overgrazing in certain paddocks.

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Part 5: Steps 15 - 17

Step 15 moves the discussion specifically to your animals.  In this step you will be ensuring that your "Stocking Rate" matches your "Carrying Capacity".  Step 16 looks at ways you can adopt for monitoring your plan, whilst Step 17, which is really an extension of the monitoring, shows you the information you should be recording for all time, each time stock are moved out of a paddock.

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