OMAFRA: Prevent damage or repair pugged pasture
By Top Crop Manager
Is your pasture pugged? Livestock grazing pasture can cause sod damage and soil compaction, which is called pugging. This is a particular problem when soils are wet or waterlogged. Beyond the damage to soil, pugging can significantly reduce pasture yields in the year following the damage.
According to Christine O’Reilly, forages and grazing specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), preventing pugging is often easier than repairing damaged pastures, so prevention over cure is the way to go if that’s possible. However, if fields are already pugged, she offers information on assessing and repairing the damage. |READ MORE