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Grazing Management
GRAZING MGT
CLASS CODE: AS 260 CREDITS:  3 FEE:  $20.00
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: ANIMAL SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Principles and practices of forage management. The study of animal impact on ecological processes. Plant identification and grazing management strategies that include management intensive grazing, monitoring, rangeland systems.
TAUGHT: Fall, Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS: *Ecological processes
*Energy flow
*Mineral cycling
*Water cycling
*Biological state of plants
*Warm season
*Cool season grasses
*Overgrazing
*Management intensive grazing
*Carbohydrate root reserve
*Managing through drought
*Economics of grazing
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Develop a working knowledge and language of the four processes within an ecosystem including energy flow, water cycling, mineral cycling and succession.
2. Demonstrate animal impact on these ecosystem processes.
3. Propose monitoring techniques used to asses the condition for those ecosystem processes.
4. Formulate cost analysis in grazing systems.
5. Demonstrate techniques used in determining animal per acre, pounds of production per acre, forage sampling and evaluation.
6. Analyze grazing pasture management and pasture design.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002