By looking at the Web site located at http://intensivegrazing.tamu.edu, producers can learn about the benefits of rotational grazing, how to set up a system, how to submit a soil sample for evaluation, submit questions, as well as read articles about success stories from producers.

They can also learn how to develop a pasture plan, identify forage quality and quantity; learn how to establish paddocks, learn about stock density and how to provide a water resource.

"Intensive grazing allows the producer more control over the utilization of pastures," said David Bade, Extension forage specialist. "By dividing pastures into smaller units, he or she can increase stock density on the pasture being grazed without increasing stocking rates on the whole place."

Bade noted increasing stock density will result in more even nutrient recycling and increased utilization of forage, forcing young weeds and stockpiled forages to be grazed more uniformly.

"This will allow for different herds to be grazed based on their nutrient requirements, etc. It also results in gentler cattle because the producer sees them more frequently," Bade said.

"Producers at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco requested an educational resource," said Blair Fannin, assistant news editor with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station who initiated the project. "By offering this information on the Web, producers at their convenience can access information about this beneficial system 24 hours a day."

The site was designed by Tami Hons, Web administrator with the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University. Larry Redmon, Extension forage specialist based in Overton, also provided resource material.

"There are many fringe benefits from a good rotational grazing system," Bade said.

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