Can grazing be a low-input pasture renovation tool?

I've seen questions lately about how to revive old, worn fields. So, from March 2015, here's the results of one woman's research on using her herd to bring back an old pasture. In 2009, Jane Hansen received a North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant to see if she could renovate a long fallow pasture by intensively grazing feeder lambs and goat kids along with pastured poultry. She had found that, while there was a lot of information about how rotational grazing can be a profitable part of a farming operation, there was much less research on converting brushy pasturelands back into productive pasture with intensive grazing. She had heard stories of good results, but found nothing documenting changes along the way. With her project, she added to the knowledge base to help her fellow farmers. A Little Background Jane and her husband, Chris Wallner farm 40 acres near Prentice, Wisconsin. Thirty-two of those acres are enrolled in Wisconsin's Managed Forest Law program, a sustainable forestry program that reduces taxes for participating landowners, and even parts of the farm not enrolled in this program are managed to preserve wildlife and insect habitat. Jane and Chris work hard to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, and they gladly share what they do and how it works for them with others interested in doing the same. Their house has been featured on a number of solar home tours to help folks considering remodeling existing homes to take

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