Rotational Grazing and the Profession and Practice of Rangeland Management Academic Article uri icon


  • Rangeland management specialists Joel Brown and Mort Kothmann reflect on the controversy caused by D. D. Briske and his associates in their article in the Rangeland Ecology and Management journal by concluding that rotational grazing was not superior to continuous grazing when the metrics of interest were plant or livestock production. Joel and Mort state that findings by Briske should not be refuted but rather they should be taken up to construct new hypotheses to explain the observations and to test them with broadly accepted and credible designs and methodologies. Opposing views about the effectiveness of grazing systems as a tool to achieve vegetation and livestock objectives cannot be reconciled. Only well-designed, well-implemented, and well-examined research can accomplish that. The research can be conducted at a variety of scales and through the collection of both conventional and unconventional data.

published proceedings

  • Rangelands

author list (cited authors)

  • Brown, J., & Kothmann, M.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Brown, Joel||Kothmann, Mort

publication date

  • October 2009