- Animals: bovine
- Animal Production: parasite control, preventive practices, grazing - rotational
- Crop Production: nutrient cycling
- Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
- Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
- Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, riparian buffers, soil stabilization
- Pest Management: biological control, competition, physical control
- Production Systems: integrated crop and livestock systems
A sustainable grazing system is a large component of conservation planning in USDA farm bill programs. This project will conduct on-farm research on establishment of warm season grasses, controlling cool-season weeds in pasture, and explororing the use these forbs to control parasites. Results wil be used in Arkansas Grazing Lands Initiative grazing workshops and other activities.
Project objectives from proposal:
1. No-till establishment of native warm season grasses along marginal field borders to enhance wildlife habitat and encourage the use of native warm season grasses in a grazing program.
2. Use of grazing animals to control cool season annual weeds in rotationally grazed pastures.
3. Evaluate the potential of forbs in rotationally grazed pastures to limit the internal parasite infestation in livestock.