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Grazing Management

Rangeland and pasture are most successfully managed when the ecosystems they represent are kept firmly in mind. By understanding and observing ecological limits, producers can ensure the productive and sustainable usage of land.

Topics:
Managing Pasture and Rangeland
Grazing Management and Drought
Biodiversity and Native Grasslands
Managing Riparian Areas
Grazing as Weed Control

Managing Pasture and Rangeland

Range and Pasture Management: Alberta Rangeland
Alberta Agriculture & Food
Read about the management and benefits of Alberta rangeland, 68 per cent of which is publicly-owned.

Managing Saskatchewan Rangeland
Saskatchewan Agriculture & Food
A guide offering an ecological approach to rangeland management that pays dividends in improved productivity and sustainability of grasslands. Read about rangeland ecosystems, climate, vegetation, nutrient cycling and other important management considerations. (PDF - 4.0 MB)

Intensive Management of Livestock Grazing
Saskatchewan Agriculture & Food
Intensive management, as this factsheet states, refers to "livestock and grass management practices that focus on increased levels of manager involvement, increased forage quality, increased meat production per area, and more uniform forage usage." Managers pay close attention to interactions between livestock and plants, a knowledge of which helps them control where and when livestock graze.

Biodiversity and Native Grasslands

Is There a Role for Biodiversity in Temperate Pastures?
Matt A. Sanderson, U.S. Department of Agriculture - ARS, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit
Biodiversity plays a role in the proper functioning of temperate pasture ecosystems. This paper also answers the "perhaps more relevant" question: can biodiversity be "managed" to influence the ecosystem in order to benefit both producers and farmers? (PDF)

Ten Questions about Pastures and Diversity
Matt A. Sanderson, U.S. Department of Agriculture - ARS, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit
Can pastures be managed for biodiversity? How can biodiversity affect pasture production? Are there new forage species available for use in diversifying pastures?A pasture research scientists answers these questions and others in this Q&A factsheet. (PDF)

Grazing Management and Drought

Conserving Pasture Production during Drought
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
The importance and practice of conserving pasture during a drought.

Managing Riparian Areas

Economics of Riparian Grazing Management
Alberta Agriculture & Food
The environmental and economic payoffs of maintaining pasture next to streams and lakes, known as riparian areas.

Grazing as Weed Control

Prescription Grazing for Rangeland Management
Rachel A. Frost and Karen L. Launchbaugh, Department of Rangeland Ecology, University of Idaho
Prescription grazing is the application of grazing at a specified time (season), duration and grazing intensity to control weeds and other plants on rangeland. While indiscriminant grazing can in fact promote the spread of weeds, prescription grazing, when applied correctly, can vastly improve weed management programs.

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