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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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About noon, finding pasture for the animals and bushes for firewood at Los Arenales, we stopped for the night.
The woodland pastures of the Bluegrass were created and maintained by drought and bison, not by humans.
28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), the leading international nonprofit certification program improving the lives of millions of farm animals in food production, announced this week that Organic Pastures Dairy Company in Fresno, California, is the newest farm to qualify for the Certified Humane Raised and Handled program.
Providing pasture restoration treatments designed to enhance carbon is critical as soil carbon of these mountain pastures has decreased.
Our results indicated that in an 800 cow herd, the incorporation of grazeable CFS into the farm system in association with pastures (30:70) had the potential to: i) reduce walking distances of large AMS herds by 1.
1] following conversion of formerly cultivated Vertosol to perennial pastures.
Musa Tibin Musa has recognized existence of a gap in the pastures of the country He revealed that the rainfall position in Sudan was below the normal levels this year and negatively affected the pasture, pointing to the need to accelerate measures to protect livestock and replenish the fodder gap.
The stockbreeding has a long tradition in Macedonia, and it is boosted with the favorable natural conditions, with the clean zones and pastures which encompass almost half of the total agricultural land.
Member of the Parliament Bakhadyr Sulaimanov expressed concerns over degradation of pasture lands in Kyrgyzstan and use of drylands as pastures.
The atlas includes maps of plant geography and natural pastures and highlights ACSAD's role in maintaining and developing pastures and plant types and species.
Family members said the New England Green Pastures Committee award is not a first for the dairy farm.
A good rule of thumb would be one acre per cow/calf pair, and you might need to adjust this figure a little to fit your pastures and type of cattle.