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Pasture Conservation Planning

Pasture Land - Indiana

NRCS promotes prescribed grazing and improved forage management by providing technical assistance to private landowners.

As a landowner or farm operator, you face many decisions when managing the natural resources on your land. When it comes to improving your pastureland, good management and the right conservation practices makes it possible to have lush, green pastures, clean water, and healthy animals.

Pasture management is managing the forages used by livestock by maintaining cover, providing adequate rest after grazing and using stop-grazing heights to maintain live green leaves during the growing season. Good management also includes following the recommended stock density rate and rotating based on forage availability and livestock nutrition needs.

Following a grazing management plan based on stop-grazing heights can improve soil health such as increasing organic matter, reducing compaction and improving nutrient cycling, which can make your pastures more resilient. Other benefits often include a longer grazing season, greater forage production, less reliance on hay, and a more nutritious food source that improves animal health.

Well-managed pastures not only provide food for your animals, they absorb rainfall, filter runoff and reduce erosion.

Natural Resource Concerns for Pasture Land

Erosion by wind and water
Water quality from nutrient and pesticide runoff
Plant Productivity and Health
Inadequate Livestock Water
Feed and Forage Imbalance

Common Indiana Pastureland Practices

Prescribed Grazing
Access Control
Forage Planting
Heavy Use Area Protection
Water Facilities and Pipeline
Water Sources
Stream Crossings

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