Tennessee is one of the top livestock producing states in the country. Much of the livestock in Tennessee is raised by smaller-scale, part-time producers. No matter what size operation, good pasture management is often the most economical and practical way to provide high-quality forage for your livestock.
Producing high-yielding, top-quality forage does not just happen. It takes careful planning and sound management to get productive pastures that can provide better animal performance.
When developing a pasture program, producers should begin by considering their goals and resources. A pasture's current condition and its anticipated use should determine whether to leave the pasture as it is or to reestablish or renovate it. Implementing good grazing management, controlling weeds, applying lime and fertilizer, and improving plant stands can benefit most pastures