Title

Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers. Completed Grant Report

Abstract

This publication provides an overview of pasture management: practices to increase production and returns by improving management on our grassland acres. This 2018 revision addresses new forage species and varieties, invasive weed species and weed control practices, and use of cover crops for grazing (Chapter 1); updates to the nutritional requirements for grazing livestock, prevention and management of sulfate, nitrate, tall fescue, and blue-green algae toxicities, and shade and stream management (Chapter 2); reviews management of mob-grazing, the use of grazing management to enhance wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services, online tools for balancing forages and livestock numbers in grazing systems, and electric fencing and livestock watering alternatives (Chapter 3); and incorporates updated nutritional requirements and forage options in the risk management chapter (Chapter 5).

Key Question

What are the best management practices for grazing livestock in the 21st century?

Findings

While the biological principles of forage production and utilization remain true regardless of economic conditions, several factors are creating new challenges and opportunities for grazing in the 21st century. This publication aims to help producers identify goals and provide best management practices and resources that utilize current research and technology to achieve those goals.

Principal Investigator(s)

James Russell

Co-Investigator(s)

Erika Lundy; Steve Barnhart; Charlie Brummer; Steve Ensley; Patrick Gunn; Adam Janke; Dan Loy; Dale Miller; Peggy Miller; Kenneth Moore; Dan Morrical; Jill Paxton; Lee Schulz; Joe Sellers; Shawn Shouse; Mary Wiedenhoeft; Claire Andersen; Colby Bedifer; Justin Bisinger

Year of Grant Completion

2018

Link to Published Article

https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/5256

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