Rangeland/Pasture Management

The educational materials listed on this page are about Rangeland/Pasture Management.

There is no one specific pasture definition because of how diverse farming systems look and operate, but pasture management is a critical concern for grazing lands, especially on rangeland and open range management systems. So, what is rangeland? Rangeland management includes the health, riparian area condition, fisheries habitat, water quality, and threatened and endangered species within the system being managed. This is one reason why the definition of pasture or the rangeland definition may be complex and diverse. Cattle may heavily graze areas with gentle terrain near water instead of rugged terrain or areas far from water, thus making rangeland ecology and management critical. The key to resolving such problems is to critically think about pasture management systems and to implement practices that protect rangeland ecology. This is one suggestion for what can be done to sustain the productivity of rangeland and improve rangeland pasture management. Key practices include holistic managementgrazing managementrotational grazingstocking raterangeland pasture managementrange improvementpasture renovationwatering systems.

The Rangeland Management Strategies bulletin provides information regarding multi-species grazing and winter grazing, and offers advice to manage forage and vegetation, and protect riparian areas on farms. Diversifying Cropping Systems is a bulletin that can be useful in identifying practices that enhance diversity on farms, thus improving rangeland pasture management. Smart Water Use on your Farm or Ranch can be used to better understand the role of water in a farm system and in pasture management or riparian protection. SARE’s book Building Soils for Better Crops provides examples of soil management practices to improve pasture resiliency in grazing systems.

Managing Drought Risk On the Ranch

Producers throughout the nation continue to grow increasingly concerned about water scarcity. Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural educators are exploring new approaches to the challenges associated with water shortage and drought. The National Drought Mitigation Center, (NDMC) based in Lincoln, NE, has a mission of “helping people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal […]

Rancher Internship Program Invests in the Future of Kansas Agriculture

Ranch ownership transitions can be complex, involving issues such as generational needs, tax issues, social attitudes, and recreational landowner competition.  In an effort to help simplify the process, Calvin Adams of Beloit, KS, Cade Rensink of Ada, KS, and Ted Alexander of Medicine Lodge, KS, and the Kansas Ranch and Range Management Internship Program are […]

Patch Burning for Cattle and Prairie: Doing Well by Doing Good

Kansas rancher Jane Koger, who raises 125 head annually in a cow/calf herd, is trying an ambitious new strategy to protect the rare prairie ecosystem on her ranch. The resulting "patch burning" system she developed with conservation organizations, along with help from a SARE grant and her Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office, seems […]