Pasture and Grazing Management

  • by Ed Rayburn, Extension Specialist WVU Extension Service, Agriculture and Natural Resources_

Pasture is the predominant feed source for cattle, sheep, goats and horses in West Virginia. When pasture is managed correctly it is one of the most profitable crops on the farm. However, pasture is often not well managed and its productivity is low and animal productivity off the pasture does not meet its potential. Pasture management includes understanding soil yield potential and soil fertility covered in the Soil Fertility fact sheets as well as forage species covered in the Forage Crop Establishment fact sheets. The following fact sheets cover the harvest management of pasture forage using grazing livestock.

Grazing Management

Principles of Grazing Management

Grazing Systems

Why use Management-intensive Grazing

Understanding Stocking Rate and Carrying Capacity

Number and size of paddocks

Pasture Management for Optimum Returns

Pasture Management Critical Values

Stepping up grazing management - 0615FG

Creep Grazing

Pasture Ecology Introduction

Recorded Presentation – Introduction to Pasture Ecology

Pasture Ecology: Managing Things We Cannot See

Managing Pasture as a Crop by Darrell Emmick

Prescribed Grazing and Feeding Management for Lactating Dairy Cows by Darrell Emmick

Fencing & Watering Systems

NRAES-11 Fencing

Planning Fencing Systems Univ. KY

Watering Systems by Ben Bartlett

Forage Budgeting

A Falling Plate Meter for Estimating Pasture Forage Mass

Estimating Pasture Forage Mass From Pasture Height

Measuring Legume Content in Pastures Using Digital Photographs

Digital Photo Point Count PowerPoint Tool

Visual Reference Guide for Estimating Legume Content in Pastures

Fall & Winter Extended Grazing

Extending the Grazing Season by Don Ball et al.

Cost of Winter Grazing

Historical Publications of Value

Pasture Improvement and Management Johnstone-Wallace
Excellent description of management of bluegrass pastures in the Appalachian region.