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Pasture & Grazing Management
Forage production is of primary importance to Oregon's livestock enterprises and agriculture economy. Pastures are kept in good condition by controlling weeds, fertilizing and most importantly, managing livestock. Implementing pasture management and grazing principles will increase forage yield and quality, provide a healthier place for livestock and improve farm aesthetics.
Pasture and Grazing Management in the Northwest - This comprehensive resource is for anyone who manages livestock on pastures in the Northwest. The guide is a 208-page book offering pasture managers information and tools to enable their pastures and their livestock to reach their maximum production potentials. Seventeen chapters proceed from planning to budgeting.
Pasture Management Guide: Coastal Pastures in Washington and Oregon - An overview of basic management principles, including grazing systems, forage establishment and selection and weed and insect management. This publication has valuable information for all of western Oregon.
The Sins of Overgrazing - (presentation slides), Steven Fransen, WSU
Pasture Principles for Smaller Acreage - Written for landowners in Idaho, the same principles hold true for pasture managers throughout Oregon.
Managing Small-acreage Horse Farms for Green Pastures, Clean Water, and Healthy Horses - This publication, tailored for small acreages discusses basic management strategies for managing horses and pastures. Management practices include rain gutters, sacrifice areas, buffer strips, pasture rotation, well water protection, and manure management. These practices apply to all species of livestock.
Managing Small-acreage Horse Farms in Central and Eastern Oregon - This publication, tailored for small acreages discusses basic management strategies for managing horses and pastures in Central and Eastern Oregon. Management practices include rain gutters, sacrifice areas, buffer strips, pasture rotation, well water protection, and manure management. These practices apply to all species of livestock.
Summer and Fall Pasture Management - Late summer and fall are critical times for proper pasture management. Check out this fact-sheet and begin to understand plant and root growth in the Fall.
Early Spring Forage Production for Western Oregon Pastures - This publication provide management concepts and directions for extending the grazing season with production of late-winter and early-spring forage.
Sustainable Pasture Management - Well-managed forage systems contribute significantly to the sustainability of a farm/ranch operation. This publication addresses numerous aspects of sustainable pasture integration, grazing rotation strategies, and management options.
Rotational Grazing: Livestock Systems Guide - Rotational grazing is periodically moving livestock to fresh paddocks, to allow pastures to regrow. Rotational grazing requires skillful decisions and close monitoring of their consequences. Modern electric fencing and innovative water-delivery devices are important tools. Feed costs decline and animal health improves when animals harvest their own feed in a well-managed rotational grazing system.