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pasture

fields or paddocks carrying a permanent or semipermanent growth of grasses and clovers or other legumes and usually some volunteer herbaceous plants. It is used as a complete or partial diet for herbivores and in some economies for omnivores. It may be permanent or temporary, even annual, irrigated or dry, native or improved.

pasture bloat
primary ruminal tympany characterized by frothing of the ruminal contents; occurs in cattle on legume-rich pastures.
pasture breeding
the males are turned into the pasture with a group of females. Called also paddock mating.
clean pasture
refers to the status of the pasture as a source of infective helminth larvae and implies relative freedom. The degree of freedom from parasite larvae is important as a factor in prevention of parasitoses.
pasture diarrhea
see copper nutritional deficiency.
pasture ley
see ley.
pasture meter
device for measuring the amount of feed remaining; based on a design in which a flat metal plate traverses up a central spindle when the spindle is inserted through the plants so that it reaches the ground, the plate floating on top of the plants; measures in cow days.
native pasture
consists of the plants normally found growing wild in the area. Agriculturally speaking, this usually refers to areas with an annual rainfall of less than 20 in (500 mm). Areas with larger rainfalls usually carry improved pastures.
pasture plants
plants which occur naturally or are cultivated especially for growing in pasture to provide feed for grazing animals, with excess growth made into hay or ensilage.
pasture rotation
see rotational grazing.
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Humane animal treatment is an important reason to choose pastured turkeys.
Pastured turkeys "showcase real flavor," says Hank Will, American Livestock Breed Conservancy (ALBC) board member and Editor-in-Chief of Grit magazine.
Four pastured dairy herds with stream access while grazing were selected to represent a range of pasture and herd characteristics commonly found in the watershed (Table 1).
To extrapolate the findings from the observational study to the scale of the Cannonsville Watershed, a set of empirical equations, described in detail below, was developed to predict the risk of nutrient loading to accessible streams resulting from pastured dairy cattle.
The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association has a current membership of 400 people and publishes a quarterly newsletter called Grit
In the Salatin pastured poultry model, chickens are raised in floorless pens which are moved daily to fresh pasture," says Anne Fanatico, outreach coordinator for the project.
After training, the families received a grant from HPI to help them raise a batch of 100 chickens in 1996 on their farms; to keep a notebook monitoring income and expenses, labor, pasture management, and any difficulties encountered; and to train another farmer in pastured poultry production.
Purdue Extension has invited Hoosiers who want to raise pastured poultry to attend a meeting about opportunities for farmers to cooperatively produce and market pasture poultry.
Our tests of eggs from four pastured farms in Texas, Kansas, Kentucky and Pennsylvania found that their eggs contained three to six times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket eggs.
You can keep track of our ongoing pastured egg research at www.
But our tests are not the first to show that pastured eggs are more nutritious--see "Mounting Evidence" on Page 48 for a summary of six studies that all indicated that pastured eggs are richer in nutrients than typical supermarket eggs.
Compared to ordinary eggs, the eggs from the pastured chickens had 34 percent less cholesterol--160 mg versus the usual 214 mg