At the Pasture Project, we frequently draw on the excellent body of work on grazing being developed by farmers, ranchers, researchers, academics, extension agents, and other organizations working toward more sustainable agriculture.  To learn more about these practices, here are some starting points: 

Pastured Beef Overviews

Bassett, Anna, “A Breath of Fresh Air.”  Animal Welfare Approved, 2013.  An overview of the environmental and nutritional aspects of grass bed beef, for consumers.

Beetz, Alice and Lee Rinehart.  “Pastures: Sustainable Management.” USDA  ATTRA, 2006.  An introduction to sustainable grazing systems for farmers and ranchers.

The Business of Grazing

“Grazing Cover Crops.” Practical Farmers of Iowa Factsheet, February 2013.  

“Pasture Rental and Lease Agreements.”  Midwest Perennial Forage &Grazing Working Group Fact Sheet, Spring 2013.  

Tallman, Susan, “No-Till Case Study, Brown’s Ranch: Improving Soil Healthy Improves Bottom Line.”  USDA ATTRA, October 2012.  

Tallman, Susan, “No-Till Case Study, Miller Farm: Restoring Grazing Land with Cover Crops.”  USDA ATTRA, November  2012.   

“The Basics of Contract Grazing.” Midwest Perennial Forage &Grazing Working Group Fact Sheet, Spring 2013.  

Technical Guidance

Ball, Don, Ed Ballard, Mark Kennedy, Garry Lacefield, and Dan Undersander. “Extending Grazing and Reducing Stored Feed Needs.” Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Publication 9-01, 2008.  

Burritt, Beth, and Chad Reid, “Carbohydrate Reserve Theory: What You Learned Might Be Wrong.”  Natural Resources, Utah State University Cooperative Extension, April 2012.  A discussion of the impact of grazing on plant health

Moechnig, Howard.  “Improving and Sustaining Forage Production in Pastures.”  Minnesota Department of Agriculture, June 2010.

Rinehard, Lee, “Dairy Production on Pasture:  An Introduction to Grass-Based and Seasonal Dairying.” USDA ATTRA 2009.  

Rinehart, Lee.  “Ruminant Nutrition for Graziers.” USDA ATTRA, 2008. 

Sullivan, P, and Lee Rinehart, “Converting Cropland to Perennial Grassland.”  USDA ATTRA 2003, updated 2010.