G80-504 Proper Livestock Grazing Distribution on Rangeland (Revised February 1996)

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Volesky, Jerry D.; Schacht, Walter H.; Waller, Steven S.
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Good grazing distribution can increase harvest efficiency and grazing capacity. This NebGuide discusses common grazing problems and offers solutions.The 23 million acres of rangeland in Nebraska are mostly grassland and are primarily devoted to forage production for Nebraska's multibillion dollar beef cattle industry. Nebraska's rangelands are inherently productive, and potential returns from efficient management practices are high for livestock producers.Proper grazing distribution is a factor which can increase livestock production from Nebraska's rangeland. Grazing distribution refers to dispersion of grazing animals over a management unit. It is just one element of good grazing management which should also include proper stocking rate, season of use, kind and proportion of livestock, and grazing system. The economic success of range livestock production is dependent on proper use of all forage resources. Areas within pastures that are consistently not grazed or only lightly grazed may significantly impact the economic efficiency of a range livestock enterprise.