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Grasses and Grazing

Learn about pasture management, stocking rates and grass production from beef and dairy specialists and agronomists around the country.

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Pasture systems support their own unique plant and animal species. The need to control weeds in pastures and reduce herbicide and mowing cost to control undesirable species has increased due to higher fuel and chemical prices.

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A long-term study verifies multi-paddock grazing improves vegetation, soil health and animal production relative to continuous grazing in large-scale ranches, according to Texas AgriLife Research scientists.

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Weeds can affect the establishment of any perennial system, especially forages. For example, researchers found alfalfa fields with high densities of weeds resulted in reduced alfalfa plant densities more than 50 percent, and others have documented similar results.

Researchers attributed the loss in establishment from competition for soil moisture and light.

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Ultra-high stock density (UHSD) or commonly known as “mob grazing” or “flash grazing” is a grazing approach that uses a large concentration of animals to graze a small area or small paddocks for very short periods of time.

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Warm-season forages are a good option for summer forage production to fill in the summer slump of cool-season pastures and to extend the grazing season into fall and winter.

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Sometimes a gathering of farmers hits on all the right notes – a beautiful evening in the pasture, great conversations between new friends and generous scoops of homemade ice-cream with all the sundae fixings.

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