A Simple Method for Estimating Plant Biomass Used in Grazing Management

Regardless of property size, landowners implementing a proper grazing management plan that directs where, when, how much, and how often livestock graze can optimize economic reward on the property while benefiting wildlife habitat.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension publication.
Authors: Beau Voelkel, Michael Marshall, Alison Lund, Amanda Gobeli and Roel Lopez

Native Warm-Season Grasses: Identification, Establishment and Management for Wildlife and Forage Production in the Mid-South

Native warm-season grasses (NWSG) have received a tremendous amount of attention since the early 1990s, especially among wildlife managers trying to enhance habitat for northern bobwhites, grassland songbirds and other early-successional species. During this time, much work has been devoted to improving methods for establishment, identifying sound management practices and documenting the response of wildlife to habitat restoration efforts. Also noteworthy during this period is the interest NWSG have generated among forage and livestock producers. Research continues to show various NWSG are viable forage for hay production and grazing for several livestock species. This manual is intended to provide in-depth information on identifying, establishing and managing NWSG for natural resources professionals, forage and livestock producers and other landowners attempting to grow and manage NWSG either for wildlife and/or livestock.

University of Tennessee Extension publication.

Arkansas Farm Bureau Advises Ranchers to “Go Native!”

In the newest issue of the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s magazine, writer Keith Sutton advises cattle producers to make sure native warm-season grasses are part of the mix to avoid the consequences of drought, which cost state ranchers at least $128 million from August 2011 through July 2012. (Story used courtesy of the Arkansas Farm Bureau.)