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Research Project: Adaptive Grazing Management Influences On Livestock Gains, Vegetation and Soils

Location: Rangeland Resources & Systems Research

Project Number: 3012-21610-003-026-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 1, 2019
End Date: Feb 29, 2024

Evaluate the contribution of adaptive grazing management versus static (season-long) management for influences on livestock gains, vegetation attributes, and soil carbon and health.

Research will be conducted at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, High Plains Grasslands Research Station, Cheyenne, WY. Both parties have a history in cooperative, fundamental, and applied research relevant to regional ranchers and organizations such as the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. Research projects involving both cow-calf pairs and yearlings will strengthen the applicability of findings from the research for regional application. The Cooperator will directly participate in adaptive management decision-making through determinations of flexible stocking rates and planning rotation sequence use of pastures. The Cooperator has the capacity to furnish each year, at the times requested for each grazing season, the number of each class, sex and weight of beef cattle needed for cooperative investigations involving the grazing animals on the High Plains Grasslands Research Station. Cattle furnished by the Cooperator will graze on experimental pastures in the manner and amounts deemed necessary for research purposes, including overgrazing a certain part of the rangeland, for comparisons with other treatments.