Prescribed Grazing

Livestock grazing on land devoted to a prescribed grazing system.

Practice Code: 528
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Prescribed grazing is the controlled harvest of vegetation with grazing animals, managed with the intent to achieve a specific objective.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improves or maintains desired species composition and vigor of plant communities
  • Improves or maintains quantity and quality of forage for grazing and browsing animals’ health and productivity
  • Prevents soil erosion by maintaining a permanent vegetative cover on grazed fields and pastures
  • Increases harvest efficiency and helps ensure adequate forage throughout grazing season
  • Rotating livestock evenly distributes manure nutrient resources

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Conservation Practice Support Documents

Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideAll support documents associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Fence (382)
Pipeline (516)
Spring Development (574)
Water Well (642)
Watering Facility (614)

Conservation Activity Plans (CAP)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers financial assistance for payment of practices and conservation activities involving the development of plans appropriate for the eligible land. The conservation practice associated with plan development is known as a “Conservation Activity Plan” or CAP.

Grazing Management Plan (110)

Additional Information

The following Web sites provide additional information related to this conservation practice.

Grazing Land Conservation Initiative (GLCI)

Graze New York - Graze-NY promotes and assists in the successful adoption of grazing for area livestock farmers

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your local NRCS office
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Dairy Resource List: Organic and Pasture-Based - National Sustainable Agricultural Information Service (ATTRA) - The ATTRA Web site contains an extensive list of links to information helpful to organic and pasture-based dairy farmers.

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.

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