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AFSRC Picture of the Week, July 9, 2007
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Sheep grazing on hillside

The intricate mix of complex topography, vegetation patterns, highly variable soils, and variable microclimates present Appalachian hilland farmers with challenges to effectively manage their production systems. AFSRC scientists are conducting studies to define the relationship of grazing management and behavior with landscape features with a goal of designing environmentally benign grazing management practices, which capitalize on the dynamics of herbage growth in complex terrain. Clicking on this picture will bring up a panoramic picture of a hilland pasture, surrounded by forest, showing the landscape complexities. The left and right edges of the photo are views to the west. The center of the photo is the east view. North and south views are at 1/4 and 3/4 of the distance across the photo from the left edge.

Photo by Susan and Doug Boyer

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