Grazing System Enhancements
Grazing systems should be designed to change season of use for each pasture from year-to-year. This will improve plant vigor and provide undisturbed nesting cover in a portion of the grazing unit. Grazing systems should allow for adequate recovery time between grazing events to improve plant vigor and provide for residual cover for the nesting season and winter cover for resident wildlife species. Grazing systems should provide a diverse grass and forb community rich in insect populations to provide a protein source for chicks and fledglings.
Financial assistance in the form of cost-sharing is available for reducing input costs associated with grazing infrastructure features such as border/perimeter fencing, interior cross-fencing, watering features (tanks, pipelines, spring developments), solar systems and other grazing system upgrades and improvements.
- Improved forage quality and yield
- Improve grass utilization
- Improved distribution of manure
- Decreased weed infestations
- Improve water quality
- Decreased soil compaction, washouts and erosion
- Improved animal health and productivity
- Increased stocking rates
To learn more about these programs, please fill out and submit the contact request form below. Your information will be forwarded to the appropriate partner(s) who will contact you to discuss how their programs might assist you.
Grazing System Enhancements Partners
• USDA-NRCS • North Dakota Natural Resources Trust • Audubon Dakota • Pheasants Forever • Ducks Unlimited • US Fish and Wildlife Service • Mule Deer Foundation