Rotational vs. Continuous Grazing Affects Animal Performance on Annual Grass-Subclover Pasture
CitationSharrow, S. H. (1983). Rotational vs. continuous grazing affects animal performance on annual grass-subclover pasture. Journal of Range Management, 36(5), 593-595.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractPerformance of Romney ewes and their lambs grazing an annual grass-subclover hill pasture was evaluated under both five-paddock rotational and continuous grazing management treatments during 1977 and 1978. Live weight gains of ewes and lambs tended to be greater under rotational than under continuous grazing during the spring or fall green-feed periods. During the summer dry-feed period, however, sheep maintained their body weight better under continuous than under rotational grazing. These data support the hypothesis that rotational grazing most effectively improves animal performance during the green-feed period, perhaps through its regulation of pasture production.