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A 14 page discussion of modern pasture management practices. The importance of soil structure is emphasized as are age-old management practices such as fertilization, liming, terracing and more modern developments such as the utilization of pheromones to control pest species. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
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of animals that will be supported by the pasture. Cattle are particularly interesting in this regard. Whether open-pastured or fed on hay or pellets, much of a cows
sustenance comes from our nations pastures. Pasture management can, in fact, have a significant effect on the nations economy. With some ninety-seven million head of cattle to its
name, the U.S. beef industry comprises a significant component of world economy (Kester, 2003). In 2000 the U.S. ranked only behind India, Brazil and China as the worlds top
beef producer (Kester, 2003). The U.S. meat industry as a whole comprises the largest segment of the overall U.S. agricultural economy (Kopp, 2003). Some 46,129 million pounds of
meat was produced in 2000 with a value in excess of $100 billion (Kopp, 2003). Beef alone comprised some 27,777 pounds and 36,249,000 head in the year 2000 (Kopp,
2003). In 1999 $8.7 billion dollars of meat and meat products were exported (Kopp, 2003). Sustainable pasture management, therefore, is important from a number of perspectives. Sustainability
in pasture management, however, depends on strict attention to a variety of factors. Some of the management practices that are being utilized have changed little over the years.
Others, however, are extremely high-tech and impressive. Plant growth is affected by a variety of factors. Two of the more important of
these are soil and photosynthesis. While both soil and photosynthesis contribute to the plants energy, photosynthesis does so as a direct result of energy from the sun. Soil,
on the other hand, contributes to the plants energy as a result of its own nutrient composition. The degree of access the plant has to these nutrients, however, is