Pasture Management

Make the Most of Your Pasture Water Supply

Dugout water quality and quantity is important on pastures. Fencing dugouts and taking water to bison help increase the life of your dugout and also improve water quality and intake.
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Spring Grazing on Stockpiled Dormant Pastures

Proper management of pastures through the year allows you to have a spring calving pasture with enough quality forage to support the bison cow herd. A calving pasture spreads new calves out on clean, disease free ground and allows the cows to meet their n…
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Potential for Game Ranching in Boreal Aspen Forests of Western Canada

Highlight: Portions of western Canada, which include the boreal mixedwood, aspen parklands, lower foothills, and the montane forest regions, contain large expanses of aspen. These regions are favorable for consideration as game ranching areas because of a …
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Poisonous Plants on Pastures

Each year, livestock producers in Alberta lose animals to poisonous plants. Recognizing problem plants and understanding management opportunities to reduce the risk of poisoning are important tools in preventing a serious problem on your pastures.
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Setting Stocking Rates for Pastures

Pasture forage production depends on soil conditions and climate. Pasture production also depends on stand condition and plant species present. Average stocking rates are a good starting point, but you should determine a stocking rate for each pasture sinc…
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Caring for the Green Zone

Riparian areas, the banks of creeks, streams and sloughs, are important forage producing areas in pastures. They are also sensitive to damage during grazing and deserve special management.
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Do You Need a Grazing System?

Grazing systems balance livestock needs with plant needs to give optimum pasture productivity. Grazing systems are a planned approach to managing bison on pasture by adjust grazing periods and rest periods.
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Provide Quality Forage for Winter Grazing Bison

Some bison producers are considering winter grazing on stockpiled pastures. Proper pasture and forage plant selection, along with some pasture management will ensure that adequate forage quality and quantity is available on pasture through the winter.
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Design a Winter Grazing Pasture for Bison

Bison willingly graze through the snow on winter pasture. An effective winter grazing pasture provides adequate forage quantity and quality for the bison through the winter. Proper management helps make winter grazing effective.
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Cowboy Logic

A main principle of range management is best described in cowboy terms - It takes grass to make grass.
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Don’t Break Up that Old Pasture Yet

Forage production on many pastures starts to drop after a few years. Soil fertility levels are important in maintaining long term forage production and preventing
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Pasture Management for Bison

Forage production on many pastures starts to drop after a few years. Soil fertility levels are important in maintaining long term forage production and preventing
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