“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” While this business principle seems to apply more to hard numbers and bushels per acre, it applies just as perfectly to rangeland production. Beyond just grass tonnage or pounds of growth per acre, there are several other outputs of rangeland production that should be assessed, measured and managed.
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In this episode of the Beef Research School, Mike Alexander, with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, explains the five key functions of rangeland and how to assess the site stability, nutrient cycling, water management, species health and productivity of pasture. What’s more, Alexander discusses the four principles of sustainable grassland management — from balancing the herd’s needs with grass productivity, to ample rest between grazing and protecting riparian or shrub areas during sensitive times of the year. Hear all of that and more in this episode of the Beef Research School focused on rangeland health and assessments.
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