Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures

Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures

1st Edition - August 22, 2019

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  • Editors: Monte Rouquette, Jr., Glen Aiken
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128144749
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128144756

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 362
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: August 22, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128144749
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128144756

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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  • FernandoOngaratto Thu Dec 26 2019

    Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures

    The book is very good, with a clear and straightforward language that shows the reader the science of ruminant grazing production through the 4 axes: soil, plant, animal and atmosphere.

  • CharlesWest Sun Oct 27 2019

    Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures

    This is an excellent book that thoroughly covers all practical aspects of pasture management in the humid southeastern U.S. The editors are highly respected pasture scientists, who are just as strong in agronomy as they are in animal science. They recruited strong chapter writers for specialty topics, which are well illustrated with instructive data and photographs. The only weakness in this book is the lack of color in photos and graphs. Many photos are overly dark, and gray tones in graphs are sometimes difficult too distinguish.