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close this book Grazing and rangeland development for livestock production
close this folder Management of rangelands and other grazing lands of the tropics and subtropics for support of livestock production. Technical Series Bulletin No. 23
close this folder IV. The elements of productive grassland management.
View the document 1. Adjusting livestock numbers to match year-round feed supplies.
View the document 2. Providing mineral supplements to native forage.
View the document 3. Rotation grazing to permit forage growth periods for natural restoration of vegetative cover, on a regular sequence.
View the document 4. Prohibit uncontrolled burning of all grassland, and invoke other methods of controlling undesired vegetation.
View the document 5. Adoption of management practices to protect against wind and water erosion, and to improve water conservation in regions of limited rainfall.
Open this folder and view contents 6. Introducing superior forage species on rangelands and other permanent grasslands to improve forage yields and nutritive values.
View the document 7. Correcting mineral deficiencies in soils of rangelands and other permanent grasslands.
Open this folder and view contents 8. Preparations for introducing superior Forage species in grazing lands.
View the document 9. Management of renovated grasslands.

9. Management of renovated grasslands.

There is no useful purpose in introducing superior forage species if the new plantings are not protected from overgrazing and other mismanagement that would decimate the new species. Since the total feed production and feed quality will be substantially improved on renovated grasslands, the herdsman does not suffer by providing adequate protection. The greater productivity should be evident in the first year, and improve much more in the following two years where successful introductions have been made. Some localized failures due to erratic rainfall or infertile soil areas may be expected, but these should not deter campaigns to introduce superior forage species.

The young growth made by introduced plants is highly palatable. All grazing of newly seeded areas should be prohibited until the new species have produced a crop of seed. Further protection need only be that provided by normal good management to maximize forage production on a continuing basis.