In 1979, Dr. Broussard learned about a system of managed grazing that could increase the herd carrying capacity of available pasture by about 50%. This is accomplished by dividing the pastures into grazing cells and rotating the cattle through the cells every day or two. The size of the cells is determined by head count. He divided all the pastures on the Crescent J with solar-powered electric fences in order to implement this advanced system of managed grazing.
The cattle quickly learned the routine and are always ready to move immediately into each new cell in its turn. They eat everything in the cell instead of wandering around a large pasture, picking out their favorite grasses. When they leave that cell, all the grasses begin to recover at the same time. When the cattle are rotated back into that cell a month or so later, all the grasses are fresh, instead of some being old and dry. This not only makes better use of all species of grass in the cells, but also spreads the manure around the entire area, as the cattle don’t just go in the afternoon to their favorite spots to lie down, chew their cuds and when they get up, drop their manure where it becomes a source of polluted water that could drain into canals or creeks and eventually into some source of drinking water.