Content tagged "grazing"

Measuring Pasture Dry Matter Intake of Horses

Animal Manure Management Updated: March 16, 2015

The ability to predict a horse's rate of pasture dry matter intake (DMI) assists horse owners/managers in accounting for pasture's contribution toward a...

Equine Pasture Management Introduction

Animal Manure Management Updated: March 16, 2015

Sound grazing management strategies for horses have beneficial impacts on horse health, the environment, and the overall cost of keeping horses. This...

Improving Pasture Utilization by Optimizing Horse Preference

Animal Manure Management Updated: March 16, 2015

Differences in preference, defined as the behavioral response of an animal to plants when a choice is given, affects not only animal utilization of forage...

Three Most Powerful Tools for Managing Native Plant Communities

Prescribed Fire Updated: December 29, 2014

Three of the most commonly used tools for managing native plant communities are fire, grazing and rest. Unfortunately, many land managers do not understand...

What causes overgrazing on rangelands?

Updated: October 01, 2014

Overgrazing is excessive grazing of plants by wildlife or livestock. Overgrazing occurs when too much green material is repeatedly removed from a plant and...

Feeding Cattle Without the Feedlot

Animal Manure Management Updated: November 06, 2013

Waste to Worth home | More proceedings....Typically cattle producers can have improved animal performance through controlled systems such as an open lot...

Influence of Fire on Cattle Forage Quality

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 25, 2013

Importance of FireFire is an important driver of many North American ecosystems, particularly grasslands.  The influence of fire on the plant community is...

Can I use herbicide, grazing, or mechanical methods rather than prescribed fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 28, 2013

This depends on your management goals and objectives. Consider the fact that fire has unique properties and different effects that cannot be completely...

Livestock Weight Gain and Patch-burn Management

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 08, 2013

Achieving optimum livestock production on rangelands many times can conflict with wildlife conservation strategies that require lower stocking rates to...

Influence of Fire on Grazing Distribution

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 05, 2013

Bison selecting post-fire regrowth (foreground) over dormant, unburned vegetation (background). Photograph by Stephen Winter.Fire is a primary driver of many...

Should I defer grazing after a fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: February 15, 2013

The decision to rest or graze a pasture following fire is not necessarily a trivial question. There are numerous variables and potential interactions to...

What is Patch Burning?

Prescribed Fire Updated: February 13, 2013

What is Patch Burning?Patch burning (patch-burn grazing) involves the combined use of fire and grazing for ecological or agricultural goals within landscapes...

Are fire and grazing interrelated?

Prescribed Fire Updated: January 29, 2013

Yes, grazing animals preferentially forage on recently burned areas due to the increased palatability of new and re-sprouting vegetation. As a result, fine...

How many acres does it take to run a beef cow?

Beef Cattle Updated: August 07, 2012

The best way to calculate the answer is to use AUM (Animal Unit Month) calculations. What that will be is estimate the amount of forage the cow will eat in a...

How does fire impact grazing?

Beef Cattle Prescribed Fire Updated: April 12, 2012

Recently burned areas attract grazing animals because of increased forage quality and palatability. Recently burned areas also have fewer external parasites...

Can horses graze on wheat?

Horses Updated: June 18, 2009

I'm using Hi-Dep, a broadleaf herbicide, to spray thistle and other weeds. Do I need to remove the cows we eat for a time period?

Beef Cattle Updated: October 22, 2008

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