Fall cattle grazing versus mowing to increase big-game forage

Taylor, N., J. E. Knight, J. J. Short
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Taylor et al. found that mowing, at a moderate utilization level (50%), in the fall can leave more grass, as well as total biomass for elk and deer the following spring. Cattle grazing at a 90% utilization level can also leave more grass and biomass, but the authors urged that it can have an adverse effects on vegetation in the long run. Overall, mowing and grazing at the 70% utilization level did not seem to have any effect on total biomass.
Montana State University

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