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Grazing and Pasture Management

Livestock grazing on grass. (Copyright IStock)
Grass-based livestock systems for meat and dairy production, raising free-range chickens and turkeys and pasturing hogs have become viable alternatives for U.S. farmers.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Find research projects, publications, and software packages by the scientists at this Agricultural Research Service station. Research areas include managing pasture for ecosystem services and water quality and gaining systematic understandings of farm management effects on natural resources. 

Wallace Center at Winrock International.

Resources, videos, and financial calculators to help “farmers and land managers reintegrate livestock and rotational grazing” (How the Pasture Project Works).

University of California. Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

Recordings and accompanying PowerPoints from a Beginning Farmers and Rancher Development Program workshop on pastured poultry. Includes an Overview of Pastured Poultry, Coop Design & Marketing, Alternative Poultry Species, Pastured Poultry Nutrition & Egg Quality, and Disease Prevention and Welfare.

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Downloadable publications include: Nutrient Cycling in Pastures; Grazing Networks for Livestock Producers; Multispecies Grazing; and Rotational Grazing.

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Bulletin features farmer experiences plus the latest research in a guide to raising chickens and turkeys using pens, movable fencing and pastures.

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service; Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Information on developing and profiting from range poultry production through direct-marketing, building a processing plant and/or working cooperatively with other producers. A Heifer International Project.

USDA. NAL. PubAg.

Search of the PubAg database for articles related to social and economic aspects of management intensive and rotational grazing. Use the facets on the lefthand side to limit your search results by text availability, using Full Text to locate complete articles. Also limit by Journal Title, Publication Year, and Subject.
The complete search string is "management intensive grazing" OR "management-intensive grazing" OR "rotational grazing" AND (economic* OR survey* OR social OR socioeconomy OR sociology).