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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​

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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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.

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

Eight gener​atio​​​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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Stockpiling Forage an Economical Option to Extend Grazing Season135Stockpiling Forage an Economical Option to Extend Grazing SeasonStudies have shown time and again harvested feed costs are the largest expense of a livestock operation. To reduce these costs and help fill in the late fall and winter gaps in pasture forage availability, producers should consider strategies to extend the grazing season for their animals.
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.
Foraging Ahead Through Challenging Times2Foraging 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.
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.
Ranch & Farm Equipment that Stands the Test of (and Saves) Time24Ranch & Farm Equipment that Stands the Test of (and Saves) Time​Visitors can't help but notice the diverse offerings when stopping by the Gallery on the Farm in Enniskillen, Ontario, Canada. And that's by design, says owner Eric Bowman.
Adaptive Management, Multispecies Grazing Improves Soil Health123Adaptive Management, Multispecies Grazing Improves Soil HealthA healthy soil ecosystem is the foundation of a productive, profitable livestock grazing operation and has the power to impart many ecological and economic benefits.