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Complementary Rotation Grazing System in Western North Dakota

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Title: Complementary Rotation Grazing System in Western North Dakota
Author: Conlon, Thomas J.; Manske, Llewellyn L.
Description: Complementary grazing uses domesticated grass, legume or crop pastures to add to or to complement native range pastures. The management of native range and domesticated grass pastures mandates the adherence to solid ecological principles that consider the growth and development of the dominant species and the physiological needs, weaknesses and strengths of these plants needed to maintain productive stands. The nutritional needs of the livestock must be included in management considerations. The aforementioned can only be arrived at and maintained by reliable empirical, scientific data and research. Many research projects have contributed to the process of the development of the complimentary rotation grazing system at the Dickinson Experiment Station. At this facility, the research of domesticated grasses and the usage of domesticated grass pastures was conducted with each advance built upon previous gains. A research study concerning the process of developing a 3 or 4 pasture, twice over rotation grazing system on native range was a joint venture conducted over time and is discussed in this text. The outcomes and resultant discussion of such is included. By the implementation of those practices of the complimentary rotation grazing system similar to those at the Dickinson Experiment Station, livestock producers have the potential to lengthen the grazing season, to reduce the acreage required to feed a cow and calf and to increase the amount of marketable beef produced from each livestock unit.
Date: 1986
Subject: Rangelands
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/5950

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