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  • Guide to Pasture Condition Scoring - by USDA NRCS January 2020.  Pasture condition scoring (PCS) is a systematic way to assess how well a pasture is being managed and resources protected.
  • Managing Grasslands For Profit - Produced by NRCS in cooperation with several partners in July 2000, this 19-page booklet is a guide to grazing management in the Southeast U.S. (PDF, 8.7 MB) 
  • Prescribed Grazing and Feeding Management for Lactating Dairy Cows (PDF, 1.54 MB)
  • TN.190.RP.1 : "PROFITABLE GRAZING-BASED DAIRY SYSTEMS"  Well-managed grazing-based dairies help protect soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources by maintaining permanent vegetative cover on the soil, increasing soil organic matter, improving the distribution of nutrients on fields, and reducing the potential for odors, spills, or runoff from concentrated animal housing, feed lots, and waste storage areas. Compared with traditional confinement dairies, grazing-based dairies have more wildlife, more diverse plant communities, and healthier cows with longer productive lives. In addition, grazing-based dairies often boost income by reducing feed, labor, equipment, and fuel costs.  This Technical Note provides background and general guidance on the concept of grazing-based dairy systems, defined as land management systems that seek to optimize dairy production through grazing. It focuses on associated economic, environmental, and social benefits. This document is intended to support and encourage the start-up of grazing-based dairy farms across the Nation.  The technical information contained in this document gives NRCS conservation planners and technicians, dairy producers, and others the background information necessary to help producers transition from confinement dairies to grazing-based dairies.
  • Sampling Vegetation Attributes - Developed by an inter-agency group, this reference material will help you determine what kind of sampling technique to use and how to set up and run monitoring studies. (PDF, 171 pages)
  • Utilization Studies and Residual Measurements - Developed by an inter-agency group, this reference material aids in the development and operation of studies to help determine utilization of grazing resources. (PDF, 174 pages)
  • Working Trees for Livestock - Agroforestry: Silvopasture in the Southeast - A 4-page brochure developed by the National Agroforestry Center. (PDF, .41 MB)
  • Plant Materials Program publications relating to pasture & hayland