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Range & Pasture

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Pasture and grazing lands are diverse types of land where the primary vegetation produced is herbaceous plants and shrubs. 

These lands provide forage for beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, horses and other types of domestic livestock.  Also many species of wildlife, ranging from big game such as deer and moose to nesting song birds such as meadowlarks, depend on these lands for food and cover.   

Primary economic outputs include livestock production, but wildlife values are also a major economic consideration for these lands.  Environmental values of these lands are extensive and provide many essential ecosystem services, such as clean water, wildlife and fish habitat, and recreation opportunities.  Scenic, cultural, and historic values of these lands provide not only economic benefits, but also quality of life.  

Grazing lands include grazed forest lands, grazed croplands, haylands, and native/naturalized pasture. 

Interested in implementing grazing on your farm? Check out this flyer for more information:

Grazing for Dairy Overview Flyer

Are you looking to assess your current grazing? Check out the information below:

> Guide to Pasture Condition Scoring

> Pasture Hayland Condition Score Sheet