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HomeGrazing ManagementWhat Does Light, Moderate and Heavy Grazing Look Like?

What Does Light, Moderate and Heavy Grazing Look Like?

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 Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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