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Re: [RC] [RC] [RC] Small Acreage-MOW!!! - Jon . Linderman

I use a 60" swisher trail cut mower (http://www.swisherinc.com/index.html). Most of us with less than 10 acres divide things up into paddocks, fields, etc and a big tracor often isn't the right fit & I'm not one of those people who can afford one of those wonderful compact kubota or jd tractors.  A trail mower is like a brush hog but it has its own engine, usually about 12.5 to 15 horses dedicated just to the baldes.  TSC has them for about $1500, but the one with the Honda engine is more. I got mine used from an equipment repair shop but also see them on ebay all the time.  Pull it with a riding tractor or a quad if you've got one.  You can adjust to about 5" max, and I think a bit taller on the newer models.  I mow the paddocks almost weekly and it keeps the grass more even. The fields I mow about every 2 weeks.  we have a 1/4 mile grass "track" we use to train std breds for racing and my endurance horse & I mow that tight, like 2.5".  My horses do not eat the grass even but pick and choose their poop, pee, and eating areas.  By mowing as often as I do I keep the weeds under better control and the grass grows nicer.  It cuts down on hay because they have more edible forage.

Jon K. Linderman, Ph.D., FACSM
Associate Professor of Health and Sport Science
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1210
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