Lesson 2: Plants in the Pasture

Most pasture acreage in the United States is planted to perennial grasses and legumes. Many annuals can be used for pasture, but the expense of establishment can make total use of annuals cost-prohibitive.

The majority of pasture land in the United States is comprised of perennial plants. Managed properly, perennials seldom have to be re-established. This makes them economical to use for grazing.

Understanding plant growth and development is an important part of effective grazing management. Our goal is to use plants to capture energy from the sun and make it available to animals.

As an owner of grazing livestock, a few minutes looking at a book about poisonous plants can be enough to make you afraid to let your livestock out to graze.