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


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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Pasture Management - Cattle Grazing

Overgrazing & Preventative Management Strategies

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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Oak Hollow Angus Ranch

Quality Management 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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Rotational Grazing

Foraging Ahead Through Challenging Times | Gallagher Canada

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Breaking Ground on Winter Grazing | Gallagher Canada

Many producers have found great success utilizing portable fencing to graze corn fields, and significantly decrease winter feed costs.

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Pasture Walks are Educational

Innovative Ideas, Problem-Solving Benefit of Pasture Walks | Gallagher Canada

Idea exchange among individuals, referred to as knowledge spillover in some circles, is a common occurrence in today's digitally-connected society.…

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Pasture Management - Cattle Grazing

Overgrazing & Preventative Management Strategies | Gallagher Canada

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…

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Thistle Creek Cattle Dog in Pickup

Quality at Forefront for Organic, Grass-Fed Beef Farmer | Gallagher Canada

Farmer George Lake said the decision to begin raising organic, grass-fed beef on Thistle Creek Farms was one born out…

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