Evaluating and Comparing Beef Cattle Grazing Systems

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 1993: $950.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1995
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $4,050.00
Grant Recipient: Don Fox Farm
Region: North Central
State: Nebraska
Project Coordinator:
Don Fox
Don Fox Farm

No final report was received so results are unknown.


  • Animals: bovine
  • Animal Products: meat


  • Animal Production: grazing management

    Proposal summary:

    Economic evaluation and practical performance evaluation of water distribution systems using underground pipe with risers and portable water tanks is critical to establishment of high intensive rotational grazing systems. Acceptance of the grant would provide a water distribution system for the continual development of high intensity rotational grazing systems. One year of daily move grazing system was accomplished during 1992. Water was hauled to the cattle during the first year. However, labor and wet soil conditions limit the utilization of this system during some parts of the grazing season. The development of an underground water distribution system would enhance the management and production from the system. Water distribution is one of the major restraints to the adoption of more intensive grazing systems in the area. The move to a more sustainable and productive agricultural system will reduce the dependence on purchased inputs such as feed, chemical fertilizer and seed.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The grant will provide the funding for the purchase of materials for the development of the water distribution system. The water system will be supplied from a water well located in an existing building site.

    The water system will eliminate the labor requirement of hauling water to each paddock as cattle are moved. Wet weather also restricts the hauling of water during muddy conditions. Cattle trailing and development of roads would also be eliminated.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.