Land, Water & Wildlife Article Archive

Healthy Grasslands Series: Winter Grazing (20 of 31)

The predominant factor in winter grazing is ensuring adequate forage availability while considering overall long-term range health and maintenance. When managed correctly, grazing winter range can be a viable option for controlling feed costs and ensuring herd health without negatively impacting rangelands.

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Healthy Grasslands Series: Grazing Contracting (19 of 31)

For those who own grasslands not typically grazed or for those looking for a better contract basis, there are several grazing contract options that can be explored. Typically, grazing contracts are based on an annual cash per-acre rental system, where the livestock lessee pays the landowner a pre-determined per-acre price for access to the pasture for the grazing season.

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Healthy Grasslands Series: Fertilizing Grasslands (18 of 31)

Grassland fertilization, like many other grassland management topics, is highly dependent on certain parameters such as soil type, vegetation type, and harvest methods. Native plant communities that are appropriately grazed will not benefit from the addition of commercial fertilizers.

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Healthy Grasslands Series: Swath/Bale Grazing (16 of 31)

Grazing and mowing are both proven techniques for harvesting grassland biomass, and both have advantages and disadvantages in relation to timing, efficiency, and input expenses. Swath grazing and bale grazing are harvest systems that mesh haying and grazing techniques.

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Healthy Grasslands Series: Haying & Mowing/Clipping (15 of 31)

While grazing is the primary means of harvesting the majority of South Dakota's native grasslands, haying also plays an important role in native and tame grassland management. Haying impacts individual grassland species and grassland communities in ways that are both similar and different from grazing or fire.

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