Rotational Grazing on Rangelands: Synthesis and Recommendations Academic Article uri icon


  • Benefits of rotational grazing on rangefields can be derived by conducting critical experiments and transferring the important information among decision makers. Despite lack of experimental evidence supporting the widespread application of rotational grazing in improving plant or animal production, a lot of anecdotal evidence and some eloquent arguments offer a substantial amount of support for the promotion and adoption of some form of rotational grazing to achieve other rangeland management objectives. Researchers will have to conduct experiments that quantify managerial inputs as well as environmental variables to integrate those inputs into useable decision support. Investigations of animal behavior at paddocks and property scales provide some useful opportunities for research, but experimental approaches must aim at creating predictive models that can be integrated into management or the field will be dominated by intellectual curiosities and will offer little to managers beyond interesting discussion.

published proceedings

  • Rangelands

author list (cited authors)

  • Brown, J., & Kothmann, M.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Brown, Joel||Kothmann, Mort

publication date

  • October 2009