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1 October 2013 Multiple-Paddock Grazing Distributes Utilization Across Heterogeneous Mountain Landscapes
Matt Barnes, Jim Howell
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  • Grazing capacity increased substantially and rangeland vegetation measurements improved after the Howell Ranch applied strategically planned and managed grazing. Increased capacity was realized from more spatially uniform grazing distribution and harvest efficiency rather than improving conditions over time.

  • Dividing a ranch into paddocks and grazing them sequentially, especially at high stocking density, can even out distribution of grazing and thus increase grazing capacity.

  • More even utilization across more, smaller paddocks contributes to explaining and resolving the apparent discrepancy between successful ranch-scale applications of multiple-paddock grazing and small-scale studies that found no benefit to rotational grazing.

Matt Barnes and Jim Howell "Multiple-Paddock Grazing Distributes Utilization Across Heterogeneous Mountain Landscapes," Rangelands 35(5), 52-61, (1 October 2013). https://doi.org/10.2111/RANGELANDS-D-13-00019.1
Published: 1 October 2013
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