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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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The growing density of cities, the proclivity of pigs to contribute to pollution (via their waste and rooting behaviours), and the limited availability of pasturage also made the raising of pigs in cities less practical.
when the Saadi dynasty introduced irrigation in the plain, adding value for agriculture but limiting herders' access to the winter pasturages.
Pasturage was diminished so that cultivated terrain, especially for wheat, could increase.
Mainly this arable land is for pasturage for pigs and poultry.
Domestic producers in the pasturage industry demand several million tons of bulk commodities yearly, and in order to avoid the imbalanced supply caused by weather factor, they have to launch collective procurement overseas.
This increased number of inhabitants encouraged a wholesale switch from pasturage to arable farming, and food-production notably intensified.
Appealing to the use of potential natural vegetation, promoting all the solutions enabling diversity and heterogeneity, adopting cheap methods for fuel control as prescribed burning, increasing and supporting pasturage activities, carrying out biomass harvesting for energy production may be some of the requisites to have in mind, for the success of a harmonious development of the rural landscapes of the Mediterranean region, in order to prepare quieter summers for the future.
Every day we passed over land which for natural fertility and beauty could scarcely be surpassed; over streams of unfailing abundance and plains covered with the richest pasturage.
DORSA did a competent job starting the colony, but prosperity proved elusive until the postwar years, when new leaders subdivided land into private plots while retaining common areas for pasturage and dairy farming--Sousa's most profitable enterprise.
Historically, it was shaped by an economy of agriculture and pasturage, but between the 1920s and 1980s this disintegrated, to be supplanted by the new economy and demands of tourism.
Hemphill watched as the funnel continued into the Sims pasturage, lifting my small stable off its foundation and smashing it to the ground, before splintering yet another oak, whose circumference I can't span with both arms.
Equally alarming, in Tillion's view, was the fact that some women refused to engage in the traditional rites that accompanied the annual departure north for pasturage during the terrible drought of 1935-1936.