Lesson 3: Pasture Management

Soil fertility is likely the most important aspect of pasture management for livestock producers. Plant growth depends upon soil fertility, which greatly impacts the amount of forage produced in a given year.

Pastures periodically may need renovated to bring them back to their original production status. Pastures can change through legumes dying out or weed species increasing in number. Walk through the pasture to determine the need to make any changes.

Animal hooves can be rather destructive to some areas in a pasture. It is important to consider ways to minimize this destruction to prevent erosion of soil into streams and to prevent gullies from forming where water runs off land rapidly.