Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures

Coordinators: Rouquette, Jr. Monte, Aiken Glen

Language: Anglais
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Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production: On Grazed Grasslands is a practical resource for scientists who need to understand interactions between cattle genetics and the environment when selecting breed types across different environments to optimize cattle production. It explains the biologic and economic implications of grazing management decisions made to improve sustainability of profitable cattle production while being compliant with present and future environmental regulations and optimizing cattle welfare.



  • Discusses how stocking impacts cattle performance to optimize beef production
  • Provides grazing systems tools to maintain sustainable, productive pastures and rangelands to increase livestock production
  • Presents innovations in cattle feeding and watering systems to be used to minimize impacts on water and soil quality
  • Includes control methods of noxious weeds needed to maintain forage composition, pasture and rangeland condition, and ecosystem stability

1. Introduction 2. Challenges of Forage-Based Cattle Production 3. Maintaining Soil Fertility and Health in Productive Pastures 4. Weed Control in Grazed Pastures 5. Stocking Rates and Methods:  The Primary Management Tools 6. Pasture Finished Beef 7. Grazing management of Forages in Subtropical Grasslands 8. Grazing management of Forages in the Temperate Grasslands of the Midwest and Northeast 9. Grazing management of Forages in the Transition Zone between the Subtropical and Temperate Grasslands 10. Management of Western Rangelands

Cattle producers; Extension agents and specialists; Forage and animal scientists; USDA- Natural Resource; Conservation Service

USDA – Agricultural Research Service

U.S. Bureau of Land and Mines; U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Animal Welfare Scientists

Dr. F. Monte Rouquette, Jr. has served Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the TAMU System since fall of 1970 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton. His research program combines the soil-plant interface and environmentally-compatible impacts of nutrient cycling under grazing and stocking conditions with the plant-animal interface that assesses biological components of efficiency for forage utilization. The pasture-animal research targets utilization strategies for forages in various grazing systems for conception-to-consumption of beef production and has focused on: a) evaluation of forage cultivars for dry matter, nutritive value, persistence, and sustainability for livestock; b) effects of stocking rate, forage species, and fertilization regimens on soil nutrient status, forage stand maintenance, biodiversity of forages, and nutrient cycling in pastures under grazing; c) effects of stocking rates and strategies, stocking methods, and forage utilization systems on forage persistence and cow-calf and stocker performance; d) describing biological efficiencies of pasture systems and projecting economic implications on lifetime performance (pasture-feedlot-carcass) of tropically-adapted beef cattle breedtypes.
Glen Aiken has an h-index of 14 is the research leaser for the Forage-Animal Production Research Unit in Lexington, Kentucky, a major contributor to forage-animal production in the United States to improve productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainability of forage-based enterprises for the enhancement of food animal production.