Grazing management is used in pastureland where non-woody, permanent vegetative cover is established. These practices are designed to promote economically and environmentally sound agricultural land management on pastureland by demonstrating the best use of soil and water resources through the use of rotational grazing. The result is the reduction or prevention of soil erosion and water quality protection.
The following state cost-share practices are designed to address this concern:
Details for each individual practice are available in the eligible practices chapter of the districts' Cost Share Handbook.
Improve the vegetative cover on pastures by introducing legumes into the grass base using no-till technology. Improving the plant community health protects the soil by reducing erosion and prevents water pollution.
Develop water sources (ponds, springs or wells) for livestock watering.
Develop water distribution, including pipeline and watering tanks, for grazing areas. By providing water distribution to individual grazing areas, livestock can more effectively utilize the resource. A planned grazing system includes water availability in each grazing area.
A planned rotational grazing system allows time for vegetation to rest and recover before being grazed again. Fencing is used to allow livestock access to a small area to be grazed.
Manage the pH of soil for optimum fertility. This is an important factor in how effectively plants can take in soil nutrients. Lime is the most cost effective method to manage soil pH.
Interseed legumes in an established grass pasture grazing system to improve plant health and diversity and protect soil from erosion.