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Introduction to Pastures

According to Wikipedia, pasture is land used for grazing. In the narrow sense, pastures are enclosed tracts of farmlands grazed by domesticated livestock, such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats, or swine. The vegetation of tended pasture consists mainly of grasses with interspersion of legumes and other forbs.

Pastures are different from rangelands in the fact that pastures are more intensively managed through seeding, mowing and fertilization, while rangelands grow primarily native vegetation and are often less managed.

Sheep use their lips to gather forage into their mouth, which they bite off with bottom incisors and a top dental pad.

The grazing season can be extended into the fall by utilizing the aftermath from crops such as corn.

When setting goals for your pasture system there are a few fundamental questions that must be answered first before realistic goals can be set.

Now that you have thought through some questions that help you to set goals for your grazing operation, you should take the next step and write down the goals that you would like to meet.