Submitted to: Extension Fact Sheets
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: April 1, 2008
Publication Date: April 1, 2008
Citation: Sanderson, M.A. 2008. Fact Sheet: Ten Questions about Pastures and Biodiversity. Northeast Pasture Consortium Fact Sheet 2008.
Interpretive Summary: An interpretive summary is not required.
Traditionally, pasture management has emphasized balancing the quantity and quality of forage for livestock production. Thus, producers have often planted single species or simple grass-legume mixtures in their pastures. Today, producers face new challenges in pasture management, including sustainability, reduced inputs of fertilizers and pesticides, and soil protection. Some suggest that increased biodiversity may be one tool to aid producers in meeting these new challenges. This fact sheet addresses some common questions regarding biodiversity in pastures.