Grazing Management

Cows are kept from entering a waterway by fencing.

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.

DSP 3.1 Grazing System Water Development cost-share practice.

DSP 3.1 - Grazing System Water Development

Develop water sources (well, pond and/or connection to a public water supply) for livestock watering.

DSP 3.2 - Grazing System Water Distribution

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.

DSP 3.3 - Grazing System Fence

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.

DSP 3.4 - Grazing System Lime cost-share practice.

DSP 3.4 - Grazing System Lime

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. 

DSP 3.5 - Grazing System Seed

Interseed legumes in an established grass pasture grazing system to improve plant health and diversity and protect soil from erosion.

DSP-02 - Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement

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.