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Pasture, Rangeland, and Grazing Operations

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Pasture, Rangeland, and Grazing Operations

Information about environmental issues specifically relating to the livestock production in pastures, rangeland, and other grazing operations.

About Pasture, Rangeland, and Other Grazing Operations

The major differences between rangelands and pastures are the kind of vegetation and level of management that each land area receives.  In most cases, rangeland supports native vegetation that is extensively managed through the control of livestock rather than by agronomy practices, such as fertilization, mowing, and irrigation.  Rangeland also includes areas that have been seeded to introduced species (e.g., crested wheatgrass), but which are extensively managed like native range.  Pastures are represented by those lands that have been seeded, usually to introduced species (e.g., tall fescue) or in some cases to native plants (e.g., switchgrass), and which are intensively managed using agronomy practices and control of livestock.

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