Interested in Grazing Native Plants?

Grazing Native Plants in Iowa is a recent publication from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The 16-page publication describes the relationships between grazing native plants and increasing wildlife diversity on Iowa landscapes. Included are profiles of six operations including graziers, land managers, and conservationists that documents actual experiences, economic and ecological outcomes from grazing native […]

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Mob Grazing: Is It for You?

Mob grazing is a “new” grazing technique that has been slowly sweeping Wisconsin and the upper Midwest for the last decade. This technique attempts to simulate historical grazing patterns conducted by native herbivores using domesticated livestock. While mob grazing is similar to rotational grazing, producers who implement this practice typically graze taller and more mature […]

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ARS Research: No Harm to Soils When Cattle Graze Cover Crops

USDA-ARS researchers working in the southeast report on outcomes of a 7 year study on potential benefits and impacts of grazing cover crops with cattle in the most February 2015 issue of Agricultural Research. Researchers were interested in whether opportunities to include cover crops for grazing would increase overall use of cover crops on southeastern USA farms.

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Watch for Pasture Weeds this Spring

According to Extension Weed Scientist, Dr. Mark Renz, although spring precipitation has alleviated some concern about a continued drought, we can expect some lingering effects in 2013 related to weed management.  Many pastures last summer were overgrazed, and only the weeds remained green until the late rains in September.  The combination of slow regrowth this […]

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Spring 2013 Pasture Management Tips: After the Drought

Wisconsin pastures will need extra TLC in 2013 to overcome the extremely dry and hot conditions that we experienced during the 2012 growing season. Plan to get out on your pastures early this spring to assess their condition, then review previous soil fertility, weed concerns, and grazing records to anticipate site specific issues as you […]

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