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Pasture (from the Latin pastus, past participle of pascere, "to feed") is land used for grazing.[1] Pasture lands in the narrow sense are enclosed tracts of farmland, grazed by domesticated livestock, such as horses, cattle, sheep, or swine. The vegetation of tended pasture, forage, consists mainly of grasses, with an interspersion of legumes and other forbs (non-grass herbaceous plants). Pasture is typically grazed throughout the summer, in contrast to meadow which is ungrazed or used for grazing only after being mown to make hay for animal fodder.[2] Pasture in a wider sense additionally includes rangelands, other unenclosed pastoral systems, and land types used by wild animals for grazing or browsing.



Sheepwalk is an area of grassland where sheep can roam freely. The productivity of sheepwalk is measured by the number of sheep per area. This is dependent, among other things, on the underlying rock.[3] Sheepwalk is also the name of townlands in County Roscommon, Ireland, and County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Unlike factory farming, which entails in its most intensive form entirely trough-feeding, managed or unmanaged pasture is the main food source for ruminants. Pasture feeding dominates livestock farming where the land makes crop sowing or harvesting (or both) difficult, such as in arid or mountainous regions, where types of camel, goat, antelope, yak and other ruminants live which are well suited to the more hostile terrain and very rarely factory-farmed. In more humid regions, pasture grazing is managed across a large global area for free range and organic farming. Certain types of pasture suit the diet, evolution and metabolism of particular animals, and their fertilising and tending of the land may over generations result in the pasture combined with the ruminants in question being integral to a particular ecosystem.[4]

c. 1300, "land covered with vegetation suitable for grazing;" also "grass eaten by cattle or other animals," from Old French pasture "fodder, grass eaten by cattle" (12c., Modern French pâture), from Late Latin pastura "a feeding, grazing," from Latin pastus, past participle of pascere "to feed, graze," from PIE root *pa- "to feed." To be out to pasture in the figurative sense of "retired" is by 1945, from where horses were sent (ideally) after their active working life.

late 14c., pasturen, of animals, "to graze;" c. 1400, "to lead (an animal) to pasture, to feed by putting in a pasture," from Old French pasturer (12c., Modern French pâturer, from pasture (see pasture (n.)). Related: Pastured; pasturing.

It forms all or part of: antipasto; appanage; bannock; bezoar; companion; company; feed; fodder; food; forage; foray; foster; fur; furrier; impanate; pabulum; panatela; panic (n.2) "type of grass;" pannier; panocha; pantry; pastern; pastor; pasture; pester; repast; satrap.

It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Greek pateisthai "to feed;" Latin pabulum "food, fodder," panis "bread," pasci "to feed," pascare "to graze, pasture, feed," pastor "shepherd," literally "feeder;" Avestan pitu- "food;" Old Church Slavonic pasti "feed cattle, pasture;" Russian pishcha "food;" Old English foda, Gothic fodeins "food, nourishment."

late 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), "shepherd, one who has care of a flock or herd" (a sense now obsolete), also figurative, "spiritual guide, shepherd of souls, a Christian minister or clergyman," from Old French pastor, pastur "herdsman, shepherd" (12c.) and directly from Latin pastor "shepherd," from pastus, past participle of pascere "to lead to pasture, set to grazing, cause to eat," from PIE root *pa- "to feed; tend, guard, protect." Compare pasture.

1530s, "grazing ground;" 1570s, "the business of feeding or grazing cattle," from Old French pasturage (13c, Modern French pâturage), from pasturer "to pasture" (see pasture (v.)). Middle English had pasturing (n.); late 14c.

The Pasture and Surface Water Fencing (PSWF) Program provides pasture management technical assistance and financial assistance to Vermont farmers to improve water quality and on-farm livestock exclusion from surface waters statewide.

Our pasture raised chicken lives the majority of their lives on fresh pasture, eating bugs, grains, grass and legumes. They are moved daily to increase the amount of green forage and proteins the birds consume. They are free to explore, scratch and forage. At night, they are moved into coops for shelter from predators.

Our birds are raised outside on pasture 24/7/365 where they can forage for grasses, bugs, seeds, and worms. They move to fresh pasture every single day, and we've never given them a single antibiotic or drug.

This 18-3-6 formulation is designed for both foliar and soil applications where immediate and lasting nitrogen is needed. Feeds pastures for up to 8 weeks to keep them healthy for livestock and other grazing animals.

Seasonal Pasture Myopathy is most commonly seen in the fall with fewer numbers of affected horses seen in the spring and summer. It is typically not seen when snow is present. Factors that have been associated with increased risk of disease include: being pastured for over 12 hours daily; the fall season; lack of supplemental hay while horses are on pasture; sparse pasture with short grass; the presence of trees with dead wood on the ground; heavy wind or rain in the week preceding clinical signs; and introduction of a horse onto a pasture for its first season, such as a young horse or a horse that has recently moved to a farm.A toxin in the seeds of the box elder tree (Acer negundo) has just been discovered to cause SPM in North America, making the presence of box elder seeds the final key risk factor for SPM. Ingestion of sufficient quantities of box elder seeds results in breakdown of respiratory, postural, and cardiac muscles. When one horse becomes affected, herd mates are also at risk. However, not every horse pastured near box elder seeds will develop SPM. The reason behind this is just one of the mysteries about SPM that remains to be solved. It likely has to do with the time they are exposed to seeds, the toxin level in the seeds, how many seeds blow onto the pasture and whether they received additional feed such as hay in a feeder that makes eating seeds less attractive.

White Oak Pastures is a six generation, 156-year-old family farm in Bluffton, Georgia. We take pride in farming practices that focus on regenerative land management, humane animal husbandry, and revitalizing our rural community. We know radically traditional farming creates products that are better for our land, our livestock and our village. We are fiercely proud of our zero-waste production system that utilizes each part of the animals we pasture-raise and hand-butcher on our farm.

At Primal Pastures, we are all about combining ultra-quality, high animal welfare, truly pasture-raised, beyond organic, soy free meats with the modern convenience of farm to doorstep home delivery. We would love the opportunity to become your farmers and bring regenerative agriculture to your kitchen.

Like a perfect pasture, our Pasture Perfect mixtures are regularly being upgraded. Additionally, each mix listed below can be modified to better fit various regions, uses, and management practices. Never hesitate to ask for a custom mix. That's what Pasture Perfect is all about.

Increasing the productivity of your farm through pasture renewal is an excellent way of increasing your farm's profitability. Successful renovation of poor pasture gives high returns which few other farm investments can match. The potential gains, measured by independent advisers, show that returns from increased animal outputs far outwiegh regrassing costs with up to a 50% return on investment per year over an estimated 7 year life of the pasture.

If you think that some of your pastures are candidates for complete renovation this fall, here are the basic steps that have proven successful for many Kentucky horse farms as well as horse farms throughout the Southeastern U.S.

If there is an area where animals are never rotated out of (barnyard, water area), prevent grazing by laying down gravel, providing hay in the barn, or making the area small enough that no grazing occurs. Another option is to leave the animals in rotated pastures overnight with portable shelters.

The producer of an organic livestock operation must, for all ruminant livestock on the operation, demonstrate through auditable records in the organic system plan, a functioning management plan for pasture.


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