Determining Grazing Readiness for Native and Tame Pastures

(R1061, Revised May 2018)

One of the most important grazing management decisions land managers make is selecting a start date for grazing tam pasture and native range. Monitoring grazing readiness ensures that grazing starts at the proper time, when plants are tolerant of grazing. This publication provides guidelines for selecting the appropriate start date based on plant development and growing degree days.

Lead Author
Lead Author:
Miranda A. Meehan, Livestock Environmental Stewardship Specialist, NDSU Extension
Other Authors

Kevin K. Sedivec, Rangeland Management Specialist, NDSU Extension

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