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Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128144749, 9780128144756

Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures

1st Edition

Editors: Monte Rouquette, Jr. Glen Aiken
Paperback ISBN: 9780128144749
eBook ISBN: 9780128144756
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd August 2019
Page Count: 362
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Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures is a practical resource for scientists, students, and stakeholders who want to understand the relationships between soil-plant interactions and pasture management strategies, and the resultant performance of cow-calf and stocker cattle. This book illustrates the importance of matching cattle breed types and plant hardiness zones to optimize cattle production from forages and pastures. It explains the biologic and economic implications of grazing management decisions made to improve sustainability of pastures and cattle production while being compliant with present and future environmental concerns and cattle welfare programs.

Key Features

  • Documents the effects of cattle grazing on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprints
  • Discusses strategies to enhance soil fertility, soil health, and nutrient cycling in pastures
  • Provides information on the use of stocking rates, stocking strategies and grazing systems to optimize cow-calf production of weaned calves and stockers.
  • Presents innovations in cattle supplementation and watering systems to minimize negative impacts on water and soil health
  • Includes methods for weed control to maintain pasture condition and ecosystem stability
  • Describes management strategies to integrate cattle operations with wildlife sustainability


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: Management strategies for sustainable cattle production in southern pastures
2. Cattle grazing effects on the Environment: Greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint
3. Maintaining soil fertility and health for sustainable pastures
4. Nutrient cycling in grazed pastures
5. Managing grazing in forage-livestock systems
6. Management of forages and pastures in the Lower South: The I-10 corridor
7. Management strategies for pastures and beef cattle in the Middle South: The I-20 corridor
8. Management of pastures in the Upper South: The I-30 and I-40 corridors
9. Management strategies for pastures, beef cattle, and marketing of stocker-feeder calves in the Upper South: The I-64 corridor
10. Pasture-finished beef production in the south
11. Weed control in pastures
12. Management strategies of property and impact on wildlife


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About the Editors

Monte Rouquette, Jr.

Monte Rouquette, Jr. has served at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Overton, since 1970. 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 by cows, calves and stocker cattle. His program also includes a birth-to-harvest database, BeefSys, used for modeling and economic aspects.

Affiliations and Expertise

Regents Fellow and Professor of Forage Physiology, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center – Overton, TX, United States

Glen Aiken

Glen Aiken has an h-index of 14 and is the research leader of the Forage-Animal Production Research Unit, Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Aiken is 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. Currently, he is the Director of the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center.

Affiliations and Expertise

Center Director, UF-IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center – Quincy, FL, United States

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