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Pasture
Management

Pasture is the predominant feed source for cattle, sheep, goats and horses in West Virginia. When pasture is managed correctly, it is one of the most profitable crops on the farm. However, pasture is often not well managed and its productivity is low and animal productivity off the pasture does not meet its potential. Pasture management includes understanding soil yield potential and soil fertility covered in the soil fertility fact sheets as well as forage species covered in the forage crop establishment fact sheets. The following fact sheets cover the harvest management of pasture forage using grazing livestock.

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Ed Rayburn, Extension Specialist WVU Extension Service, Agriculture and Natural Resources