Linking pasture and animal processes

Let’s allocate the pasture in the afternoon
Dr. Kathy Soder
USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA

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The problem

Grazing enterprise profitability is greatly influenced by the plant/ animal relationship. However, grazing managements optimizing this relationship in view of increase animal …

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Carbon Sequestration

Carbon Sequestration in Mature Humid-Temperate Pastures
Howard Skinner, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research
Unit, University Park, PA

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Background

Decades of plowing have depleted organic carbon stocks in many agricultural soils. Conversion of plowed fields to pasture has the potential to reverse this process, recapturing organic …

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Drought Tolerance

Managing Intensively Grazed Pastures: Improving Drought Tolerance
Howard Skinner, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA

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Background

Reduced forage production on pastures during periods of summer drought presets a significant risk to producers who are constantly searching for ways to reduce that risk …

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Nitrogen Losses from Pasture

Nitrogen Losses from Pasture
C. Alan Rotz, USDA/ARS, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA 16802

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Introduction: Substantial nitrogen (N) losses from volatilization, leaching, and denitrification occur from manure deposited by grazing animals. The amount of loss is related to the weather conditions, soil …

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Cost and Returns to Organic Dairy Farming

Cost and Returns to Organic Dairy Farming in Maine and Vermont for 2004
Timothy J. Dalton, Lisa A. Bragg, Rick Kersbergen, Robert Parsons, Glenn Rogers, Dennis Kauppila, Qingbin Wang
University of Maine
Department of Resource Economics and Policy Staff Paper #555

There is a vacuum of any rigorous, quantified studies …

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