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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.

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.

University of Minnesota. Cooperative Extension Service; USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service; Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.

Detailed guide to soil and forage evaluation, livestock requirements, access to water, fencing and paddock design, pasture management and recordkeeping. Chapters are in PDF.

University of Wisconsin. Cooperative Extension Service.

Data provide an estimate of the profitability of running a stocker operation using beef or Holstein steers in a management-intensive rotational grazing (MIRG) system.

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. 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.