Grazing, Pasturing, Grass Feeding, and Rotation Management

Rotational grazing, pasturing, and grass feeding require skill and management. Farmers need to monitor fencing, water delivery, herd movement, pasture quality.

According to The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) “Rotational grazing is periodically moving livestock to fresh paddocks, to allow pastures to regrow. Rotational grazing requires skillful decisions and close monitoring of their consequences. Modern electric fencing and innovative water-delivery devices are important tools. Feed costs decline and animal health improves when animals harvest their own feed in a well-managed rotational grazing system.”

Rotational Grazing

ATTRA Provides loads of information and a number of publications related to rotational grazing on their website at:

The Great Lakes Grazing Network is another excellent site with loads of valuable information:

The University of Vermont has a rotational grazing page with loads of information, research results, and resources:

University of Wisconsin Extension has a Pasture Management and Grazing Page with dozens of publications and links:

Penn State University publishes a basic brocure called ‘4 Steps to rotational Grazing:

Howard Straub of Triple H Farms in St. John’s Michigan has produced an excellent Powerpoint Presentation showing research data on the economic (and other) advantages of converting to grass based dairy systems:

A free web publication on temporary fencing for rotational grazing is available from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville:

A free web publication on rotational grazing and pasture setup is available from the Maryland Dept. of Agriculture:

A really nice publication on rotational grazing with data on costs, pasture layout, water needs, fencing, forage crops, and more is available from Researchers in Kentucky at:

The University of Kentucky Extension service has an extensive article about rotational grazing at :

The University of Illinois has information on rotational grazing on their water management site:

Mississippi State University Extension has a publication on the economic benefits of rotational grazing that you can view HERE

Southwest Farm Press has an article about improved efficiency from rotational grazing at:

Case’s Agworld has extensive links to information about rotational grazing and lots of other information on livestock including breeds, toxic plants, scientific articles, government websites, and veterinary medicine:

Grazing Studies: What We’ve Learned, a publication by J.L. Holechek, H. Gomez, F. Molinar, and D. Galt is available at:

The Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial Project has a number of publications highlighting their research on grass based dairies:

Also check out the following links specifically for dairy pasturing: