livestock and wildlife Tag

Related ATTRA Publication: Building Healthy Pasture Soils The Nature Conservancy's Dunn Ranch Prairie is the Midwest's first grassbank, reports Harvest Public Media. A grazing agreement allows two local ranchers to put cattle on the tallgrass prairie in Missouri for a couple of months. This allows the ranchers' land to rest, while the cattle's hoof trampling and grazing help keep the prairie healthy. Experts stress the importance of grazing and other natural forces in prairie restoration, saying that planned and managed grazing helps control weeds and invasive species....

This episode of Voices from the Field continues a conversation between Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf of Oklahoma State University and NCAT Grazing Specialist Linda Poole about using grazing to bolster, rather than unintentionally harm, desirable wildlife on farms and ranches. Many regenerative ranchers use mob grazing – dense herds of livestock grazing a place for a very brief time before moving on – to increase grass production and improve soil health. It has been a successful strategy for graziers around the world, but often also affects bird populations and other wildlife. Sam and Linda talk about the role of fire in range management...