Content tagged "rangeland grazing"

Rangeland Grazing Management Guidelines

Updated: September 04, 2015

Cattle graze in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.  Photo courtesy of Rachel Frost.Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State UniversityLivestock...

Diet Selection of Grazing Animals

Updated: March 30, 2015

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State UniversityThink about the wide variety in foodstuffs consumed by people around the world. What people...

Factors that Affect Nutritional Requirements of Animals

Updated: March 10, 2015

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State University The nutrient requirements of domestic livestock have been provided in detail by various...

How Plants Respond to Grazing

Updated: March 10, 2015

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State UniversityWhile strategies to cope with grazing vary greatly between plant species, plants in general...

animal units

Updated: March 10, 2015

An animal unit is 1,000 pounds of grazing animal. Ruminant grazing animals consume about 2.6% of their body weight per day; therefore, an animal unit...

Calculating Stocking Rate

Updated: March 10, 2015

Written by Rachel Frost, Montana State UniversityThe most important decision for successful range management is setting a proper stocking rate. Stocking rate...

Calculating Carrying Capacity

Updated: March 10, 2015

Carrying capacity is the number of grazing animals a piece of land can support long term without causing harm to rangeland resources (vegetation, soils, and...

Rangeland Plants and Animals

Updated: September 17, 2014

Rangelands are home to a diverse array of plants and animals. Learn more about the plants that inhabit rangelands. Some plant species are known to be ...

Rangeland Grazing Systems

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State UniversityA grazing system is a particular way of managing the interactions between plants, soils, and...

Basics of Grass Growth

Updated: October 03, 2012

Adapted from: M.J. Trlica. 2006. Grass Growth and Response to Grazing. Colorado State University Extension Publication no. 6.108....

Rangeland Plants

Updated: October 03, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost, Montana State UniversityRangeland plants are a key component of the ecosystems they inhabit.  They are the blanket that covers and...

Types of Range Plants

Updated: October 03, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost, Montana State UniversityGrasses are plants with jointed stems. The stems are normally hollow between the joints (node). Leaves are...

Effects of Defoliation on Forage

Updated: October 02, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State University The effects of grazing or any other form of defoliation on a grass plant are directly...

Nutritional Value of Range Forage

Updated: October 02, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State University ExtensionThe nutrient value of rangeland forages depends upon their ability to meet the...

Grazing Management Guidelines for Sustainable Rangeland

Updated: October 02, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State University ExtensionGrazing managers should avoid grazing an area at the same stage of plant growth...

Nutritional Requirements of Livestock

Updated: May 12, 2011

The essential nutrients required by grazing animals are water, energy, protein, minerals, and vitamins. These nutrients are needed to maintain body weight,...

Managing Livestock Distribution on Rangelands

Updated: May 12, 2011

Grazing distribution is a major concern for livestock and land managers. Animals clearly prefer some grazing sites over others, increasing the grazing...

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