Pasture Management: Maintaining Permanent Pastures for Livestock

Greene, D.L.

The maintenance of permanent pastures for livestock requires as much thought and planning as pasture establishment. By following recommended pasture management practices, forage dry matter yields can be maximized and the recommended ratio of grass and legume species can be maintained. Somewhat less maintenance is required for 100 percent grass pastures, although total nutritional yield of the pasture will be less too. The following management recommendations will allow maximum carrying capacity for all livestock species.