Barta Brothers Ranch research shows deferred, short-duration grazing similar

High Plains Journal

When it comes to grazing upland range in the Sandhills of Nebraska, there’s little difference between short-duration and deferred grazing systems in forage production, diet quality and animal performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln range scientists found.

In a nine-year grazing study at UNL’s Barta Brothers Ranch near Rose in the eastern Nebraska Sandhills, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers studied the plant and livestock response to short-duration grazing and deferred rotation systems.

The university usually recommends the deferred rotation grazing system for semi-arid rangelands such as the uplands of the Nebraska Sandhills. However, short-duration grazing is thought to provide a consistent supply of high quality forage through the growing season, and therefore greater animal performance, said Walt Schacht, UNL range scientist.

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