Renovation and Management Effects on Pasture Productivity Under Rotational Grazing
G. E. Brink, R. D. Jackson, J. S. Bleier, S. K. Chamberlain, and A. R. Jakubowski
Renovating permanent pasture to replace cool-season perennial grasses with improved varieties has potential risk and reward. Improved grasses may increase long-term productivity, but these increases should offset costs associated with replacing an existing stand. We eliminated existing perennial grass stands with tillage and herbicides and sowed a mixture of improved orchardgrass and meadow fescue on farms that using a range of rotational grazing systems. Paddocks were also subject to typical producer, or recommended agronomic, management.
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