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2010-01-05 20:59:39

AgriLife Research: Management practice sustainable and productive alternatives Short grazing periods on multiple paddocks within a pasture can not only restore forage conditions, but also profit margins, according to a Texas AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Richard Teague, AgriLife Research range ecologist in Vernon, has been studying the benefits of multi-paddock grazing for the past eight years. Ranchers need to know answers to practical questions such as: how good is this management...

2009-12-17 09:30:00

RENO, Nev., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grazing enthusiasts from across the country joined together for the Fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands (4NCGL) held Dec. 13-16, 2009 at the Nugget Casino Resort in Reno-Sparks, Nev. The event attracted nearly 700 registered attendees, 30 exhibitors and 45 poster presentations. A line-up of over 100 speakers -- about half of them ranchers -- emphasized the important role of grazing management in helping sustain ranch families, healthy...

2009-11-16 16:38:13

Kansas State University's Joseph Craine, research assistant professor in the Division of Biology, and KC Olson, associate professor in animal sciences and industry, have teamed up with some other scientists from across the United States to look into the possible effects of climate change on cattle nutrition. Comparing grasslands and pastureland in different regions in the U.S., the study, published in Global Change Biology, discusses data from more than 21,000 different fecal samples...

2009-10-28 12:30:00

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ranchers and conservationists share an interest in managing grazing lands for optimum ecologic health. They, and others interested in the environmental and economic implications of range management are invited to a national conference of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) being held in Reno, Nevada, December 13-16, 2009. In bringing its national conference west for the first time, GLCI will in 2009 will give increased focus to...

2009-10-14 15:32:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States has reached a settlement with ranchers in a longstanding dispute over livestock trespasses on public lands in Nye and Esmeralda Counties, Nev., the Justice Department and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today. As part of the settlement, Benjamin J. Colvin and Colvin Cattle Company acknowledged past unauthorized grazing on federal government lands and agreed to comply with federal grazing laws and regulations in...

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2009-08-31 06:25:00

According to an AFP report, Kenya's drought is having an impact on the country's wildlife, causing the Kenya Wildlife Service to feed hippos to keep them alive. In Tsavo West national park hippos are dying in large numbers, and other species are being forced to change their diet. About 15 hippos have been found dead in the park within the last few weeks due to the lack of grass to graze on around the pools they submerge themselves in. "For the past one month, the research team has...

2009-07-06 11:36:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Rangeland Trust has partnered with Panorama Meats, Inc. of Vina, Calif. in a joint effort to support the long-term conservation of California's rangelands. Beginning this week, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all Panorama Organic Grass-Fed Beef sold in California will be contributed to the California Rangeland Trust to assist ongoing work to place conservation easements on working cattle ranches. "The...

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2009-06-23 11:15:00

In an effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions, scientists in Canada are attempting to breed cows that will burp less. Stephen Moore, professor of agricultural, food and nutritional science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, is leading a team of scientists with the goal of pinpointing specific genes that account for a cow's burps. His study is found in the Journal of Animal Science. Cows are a major producer of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas with the 20 times the polluting strength...

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2009-05-02 14:05:00

According to conservationists, livestock grazing poses a threat to a variety of fish and other wildlife across over three-fourths of their dwindling habitats on federal land in the Western U.S. WildEarth Guardians began a study last year, using satellite mapping and federal records, matching wildlife habitat and U.S. grazing allotments across over 260 million acres of federal land in the West. The study includes most of the remaining habitat of the Greater sage grouse, a hen-sized game bird...

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2009-04-22 13:30:00

Researchers reported on Wednesday that numbers of wild grazing animals in Kenya's world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve have fallen substantially in 15 years as wildlife competes with neighboring human settlements, Reuters reported. In 2006, a U.S. TV network and newspaper named the Masai Mara, best known for its spectacular annual wildebeest migration, the seventh "New Wonder" of the world as hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the reserve annually. However, six species -- giraffes,...


Latest Grazing Reference Libraries

Hill farming
2013-09-20 13:07:03

Hill farming involves using is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers generally do not have access to winter fodder for their cattle, therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the...

Hill Farming
2013-08-05 10:40:24

Hill farming is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers do not have access to winter fodder for the cattle; therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the highlands of Scotland. The harsh...

Overgrazing
2013-04-01 12:31:24

Overgrazing occurs when plants are unprotected to intensive grazing for extended periods of time, or without enough recovery periods. It can be a result of either livestock in poorly managed agricultural applications, or by overpopulations of native or non-native wild animals. Overgrazing reduces the usefulness, biodiversity, and productivity of the land and is one cause of desertification and erosion. It’s also considered to be a cause of the spread of invasive species of non-native...

Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Cynomys ludovicianus
2012-07-25 06:59:18

The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is native to the United States, occurring in the Great Plains to both the border of Canada and Mexico. Its range includes areas in Mexico, but no longer includes Arizona. This species was one of two prairie dog species to be described by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, but their habitat choices do depend on soil type, rainfall, slope angles, and vegetation cover. The black-tailed prairie...

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