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Pasture Management


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In order to achieve sustainable livestock production, producers must rely on growing forage as a primary feed source.  Today's producer needs to raise more on the acres they have – and good pasture management can help them do this. 


​The ultimate goal of pasture management is to efficiently convert forage into a saleable animal product. Using an appropriate grazing system can also reduce production costs and off-farm expenses while improving the health of the soil.  

​Here you will find a collection of articles that offer helpful education information on how you can develop and maintain your pastures for maximum production and quality.



Pasture Management​ Basi​cs 

Electric Fencing Basics

Pasture Management is dependent on three basic areas of animal control.

  1)  Control of the area to be grazed
  2)  Control of the number of animals to be      
        grazed
​  3)  Control of the grazing time

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Oak Hollow Ranch​ ​​ Oak Hollow Ranch
Overgrazing & Preventative Management Strateg​​ies​
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To avo​​​​id overgrazing, managing livestock on grazing lands requires graziers to be flexible and understand the complex soil-pla​nt-animal relationship involved.

Overgrazing is grazing a plant before it has recovered from a previous grazing.  Overgrazing can be damaging, not only to the natural balance of grazing lands, but to producers' bottom lines, as well.  To avoid overgrazing, managing livestock on grazing lands requires graziers to be flexible and understand the complex soil-plant-animal relationship involved.


"Grazing is a balancing act," says Dave Pratt, owner of the Ranching For Profit School, "Between animal needs, forage supply, wildlife needs and your own needs."

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​​ ​ ​​​Quality Tools Assist in the Production of Quality Angus Beef​ 

Eight generatio​​​ns and 215 years of experience in the ​cattle business have taught the Lowe family of Smiths Grove, Kentucky the importance of quality when it comes to ​raising cattle.

Kenneth Lowe explains his family's roots in the cattle business began with a feeding and finishing operation in the mid-1800s. The family business eventually transitioned their focus to a commercial cow herd in the early 1960s. Upon graduating from college in 1976, Lowe decided to stake his own claim and started Oak Hollow Angus after purchasing the farm next door to his mother and father's operation.​​

 
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Foraging Ahead Through Challenging Times18Foraging Ahead Through Challenging Times​If there's one thing a cattle producer can count on, it's knowing they're going to face a challenge that's beyond their control.
Breaking Ground on Winter Grazing19Breaking Ground on Winter GrazingMany producers have found great success utilizing portable fencing to graze corn fields, and significantly decrease winter feed costs.
Overgrazing & Preventative Management Strategies21Overgrazing & Preventative Management StrategiesTo avoid overgrazing, managing livestock on grazing lands requires graziers to be flexible and understand the complex soil-plant-animal relationship involved.
Plan, Prepare Now for Spring and Summer Grazing31Plan, Prepare Now for Spring and Summer Grazing​After a long winter, fences and pastures may be a little worn for the wear. Taking steps now to plan and prepare for the upcoming grazing season will give producers an advantage going into spring.
Foraging Ahead Through Challenging Times56Foraging Ahead Through Challenging Times​If there's one thing a cattle producer can count on, it's knowing they're going to face a challenge that's beyond their control.
Innovative Ideas, Problem-Solving Benefit of Pasture Walks57Innovative Ideas, Problem-Solving Benefit of Pasture WalksIdea exchange among individuals, referred to as knowledge spillover in some circles, is a common occurrence in today's digitally-connected society. In the grazing world, this knowledge spillover is especially evident. Livestock graziers are some of the most progressive in agriculture to share their ideas and experiences with each other.