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Grazing Early to Manage Weeds in Warm Season Grass Pastures

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Photo courtesy of the ARS Photo Gallery A recent article in Nebraska Ag Connection by Bruce Anderson
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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.


  1. Hugh Barrett says:

    We had similar good results in central Washington – grazing native cool season bunchgrass rangeland in the winter (the dormant season) and early spring. Winter annuals (cheatgrass, mustard, etc) became the preferred forage species as they began growth in late winter and early spring, leaving bluebunch wheatgrass, Thurber needlegrass alone to grow. As soon as cheatgrass began to head-out and the animal’s preference started to shift to the natives, it was our signal to move off the native range and onto crested wheatgrass pastures. This allowed the natives to grow ungrazed, all spring and summer, to set seed and go dormant before the next grazing period – using a phenological calendar, rather than the Gregorian. The results over time were rewarding in improvements in range condition, animal health and calf crops.

  2. charlie taplin says:

    I found this worked here on my farm this spring (just two days ago)as I let the cattle out of the winter holding area, I watched them eating many variety of weeds all young and tender, will be turning them in a new pasture tomorrow, all my pastures are in a form of being broughtback to life after many years of neglect.

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