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What Two Grasses Tell Us About Grazing Management

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How is grass productivity above and below ground affected by grazing at different heights or by leav
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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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  1. Michael T. Stewart says:

    Regionalized, specific species of grasses will perform differently in different pastures, different years, different grazing heights, different animals and on and on…

    Way too many variables to project anything but ambiguous results.

    At the UM-Columbia Forage Research Center in Linneus, MO, variables are worked down in the same field with standard beef and/or dairy cattle and findings are converted into usable data, often with a control of “do nothing”.

    This gives the seller/supplier a true test on performance enhancement.

    Personally, I like to let the cool season grasses express themselves and keep a diverse balance of ladino, alsike and red clover mixed in. Fescue, orchard grass and timothy volunteer until summer dormancy and rotational intensive grazing makes the animals consume all without getting used to their selective ruminant tendencies.

    A good article on specific plants but, monocultures in grazing, other than cereal grasses, seed stocks or annuals are rare today in Missouri.

    Thanks

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