Pasture-based livestock production is a low cost, sustainable means of converting sun-light to high quality products for human consumption. These plants, which are not edible to humans, provide forage for animal consumption while they protect the soil from erosion. At the same time they capture and recycle nutrients that livestock return to the soil. Pasture is the center of making these systems profitable since a well-managed pasture system minimizes the need for machinery, labor and fertilizer.
The following fact sheets and bulletins provide information on pasture-based livestock production.
Just the basics
Grow your knowledge
- Managing forages for animal production (Roy E. Blaser, Va. Tech Research Bulletin 45)
- Meeting the challenges of pasture-finished beef
- Pasture management for pasture-finished beef
Master the subject
- Growing and selling pasture-finished beef in the United States
- Human health effects of fatty acids in beef
Ed Rayburn, Extension Specialists WVU Extension Service, Agriculture and Natural Resources