Grazing to Grow Better Pasture

There's been a lot of attention paid to the potential negative impacts of grazing; however, grazing can be a powerful tool for improving pasture health and productivity. In fact, Aldo Leopold listed t

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3 thoughts on “Grazing to Grow Better Pasture

  1. Any tips on managing Johnsongrass for its nutritive value vs. trying to eliminate it in the pastures. As it is part of a variety of forages, I haven’t worried about it. Should I be? I am in southwest Louisiana.

    1. Hi Anne,
      Johnsongrass is difficult to manage in pastures due to its requirements for long rest periods to maintain root energy stores. We don’t have much Johnsongrass in SC pastures and (perhaps unfortunately) we tend to fight it in bermudagrass hayfields. The Black Belt area of Alabama has about 400,000 acres of Johnsongrass in strict hay production, but I’m not aware of many acres being grazed because of its management requirements and sensitivity to overgrazing.

  2. Good basic information. It is the same strategy for most plants, and only needs to be adjusted for differing environments, from heavy precipitation to arid, from tall grasses to short grass species.

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