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Guidelines for Visual Assessment of Herbage Mass in Pastures

T C. Griggs, Utah State University
K Pack, Utah State University


This fact sheet provides pasture managers with a technique to improve their abilities to budget forage to livestock and determine amounts of forage to reserve for mechanical harvest. They can also use the technique to estimate harvest efficiency and pasture growth rates, forecast future forage supply and plan adjustments in stocking rate to balance forage supply with livestock demand.