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What Does Light, Moderate and Heavy Grazing Look Like?

By   /  June 10, 2013  /  Comments Off on What Does Light, Moderate and Heavy Grazing Look Like?

One of our readers asked for it, and here it is: a 5 minute video to give you a picture of what different levels of grazing look like.

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If you’re wondering if it’s time to move the animals, and need a quick look at what a pasture looks like under different degrees of grazing pressure, take 5 minutes with this video from grazing experts at the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service.

“Uh -oh,” you say.  “I’m not from Wyoming.  Does this apply to me?”  Though rest and recovery periods are different for different parts of the country due to soils, precipitation and forage species, the measures of grazing pressure described here apply no matter where you live.

We also want to give a shout out to our western graziers, who cope with large scale pastures and arid climates.  Here’s something to help you with your large acreage pastures.

Would you like a way to calculate how large your pastures should be?  Check out “How to Calculate Pasture Size.”

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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