Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128144749

Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures

1st Edition

Editors: Monte Rouquette, Jr. Glen Aiken
Paperback ISBN: 9780128144749
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2019
Page Count: 350
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Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production: On Grazed Grasslands is a practical resource for scientists who need an understanding of the interactions between cattle genetics and the environment as they select breed types across different environments and look to optimize cattle production. It explains the biologic and economic implications of grazing management decisions made to improve sustainability of profitable cattle production, but also discusses how to be compliant with present and future environmental regulations and how to optimize cattle welfare.

Key Features

  • Discusses how stocking impacts cattle performance to optimize beef production
  • Provides grazing systems tools to maintain sustainable, productive pastures and rangelands to increase livestock production
  • Presents innovations in cattle feeding and watering systems that can be used to minimize impacts on water and soil quality
  • Includes control methods of noxious weeds needed to maintain forage composition, pasture and rangeland condition, and ecosystem stability


Cattle producers; Extension agents and specialists; Forage and animal scientists; USDA- Natural Resource; Conservation Service; USDA – Agricultural Research Service; U.S. Bureau of Land and Mines; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Animal Welfare Scientists

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Challenges of Forage-Based Cattle Production
3. Maintaining Soil Fertility and Health in Productive Pastures
4. Weed Control in Grazed Pastures
5. Stocking Rates and Methods:  The Primary Management Tools
6. Pasture Finished Beef
7. Grazing management of Forages in Subtropical Grasslands
8. Grazing management of Forages in the Temperate Grasslands of the Midwest and Northeast
9. Grazing management of Forages in the Transition Zone between the Subtropical and Temperate Grasslands
10. Management of Western Rangelands


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About the Editor

Monte Rouquette, Jr.

Dr. F. Monte Rouquette, Jr. has served Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the TAMU System since fall of 1970 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton. His research program combines the soil-plant interface and environmentally-compatible impacts of nutrient cycling under grazing and stocking conditions with the plant-animal interface that assesses biological components of efficiency for forage utilization. The pasture-animal research targets utilization strategies for forages in various grazing systems for conception-to-consumption of beef production and has focused on: a) evaluation of forage cultivars for dry matter, nutritive value, persistence, and sustainability for livestock; b) effects of stocking rate, forage species, and fertilization regimens on soil nutrient status, forage stand maintenance, biodiversity of forages, and nutrient cycling in pastures under grazing; c) effects of stocking rates and strategies, stocking methods, and forage utilization systems on forage persistence and cow-calf and stocker performance; d) describing biological efficiencies of pasture systems and projecting economic implications on lifetime performance (pasture-feedlot-carcass) of tropically-adapted beef cattle breedtypes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas A&M University Regents Fellow and Professor, Forages, Texas A&M Agri-Life Research Center, Agronomy, Texas A&M Agri-Life Research and Extension Center at Overton

Glen Aiken

Glen Aiken has an h-index of 14 is the research leaser for the Forage-Animal Production Research Unit in Lexington, Kentucky, a major contributor to forage-animal production in the United States to improve productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainability of forage-based enterprises for the enhancement of food animal production.

Affiliations and Expertise

Supervisory Animal Scientist, USDA-ARS Forage-Animal Production Research Unit, University of Kentucky Campus, Lexington, KY, USA

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