Lesson 5: Grazing Management

With a little care, livestock can meet their nutritional needs quite easily with pasture forages. However, there are a few considerations that producers should be aware of in order to keep animal healthy throughout the grazing season.

Most forages grown for pasture in the northeastern part of the country are cool-season plants. A majority of their growth occurs in spring and early summer, followed by a ‘summer slump’, followed by another small surge of growth in early fall. The typical cool-season growth cycle is depicted in the figure to the right.

One of the goals of your pasture management program should be to have as much manure and urine as possible deposited directly back onto the pasture. Ideally, it should be evenly distributed.

Whether you have been studying grazing management or have been practicing grazing management, you have probably heard all sorts of terms to refer to different grazing management styles and philosophies.