Balance Livestock Demand with Forage Supply
Patchiness is Good
Limit Grazing in Vulnerable Periods
Provide Rest after Grazing
Prairie plants need a period of rest after being grazed. During this time, the grazed material is replaced and the roots recover. If a plant is constantly grazed, it loses root mass, vigor and productivity. If allowed to rest, native rangelands will reliably provide livestock forage and habitat for Species at Risk, year after year.
For more detailed information on grazing practices, please see our Grazing Systems Fact Sheet:
If you are managing native prairie for livestock you may want to consider conducting a range health assessment or pay to have one completed professionally. Consultants will perform the assessment and provide recommendations to improve your range health. Workbooks for assessments are available from Public Lands.