Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/146918
Title:
Principles of Obtaining and Interpreting Utilization Data on Rangelands
Author:
Ruyle, George B.; Smith, Lamar; Maynard, Jim; Barker, Steve; Stewart, Dave; Meyer, Walt; Couloudon, Bill; Williams, Stephen
Affiliation:
Natural Resources & the Environment, School of
Publisher:
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Issue Date:
May-2007
Description:
14 pp.
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/146918
Abstract:
A primary expression of stocking levels on rangeland vegetation is utilization defined as the proportion or degree of current years forage production that is consumed or destroyed by animals (including insects). Utilization may refer either to a single plant species, a group of species, or the vegetation as a whole. Utilization is an important factor in influencing changes in the soil, water, animal, and vegetation resources. The impact of a specific intensity of use on a plant species is highly variable depending on past and present use, period of use, duration of use, inter-specific competition, weather, availability of soil moisture for regrowth, and how these factors interact. Utilization data can be used as a guideline for moving livestock within an allotment with due consideration to season, weather conditions and the availability of forage and water in pastures scheduled for use during the same grazing season. In combination with actual use and climatic data, utilization measurements on key areas and utilization pattern mapping are useful for estimating proper stocking levels under current management. Utilization studies are helpful in identifying key and problem areas, and in identifying range improvements needed to improve livestock distribution.
Type:
text; Pamphlet
Language:
en_US
Keywords:
forage; grazing; range management; utilization; data; southwest; rangelands; stocking levels; vegetation; measurements; livestock; distribution
Series/Report no.:
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication AZ1375

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRuyle, George B.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Lamaren_US
dc.contributor.authorMaynard, Jimen_US
dc.contributor.authorBarker, Steveen_US
dc.contributor.authorStewart, Daveen_US
dc.contributor.authorMeyer, Walten_US
dc.contributor.authorCouloudon, Billen_US
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Stephenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-25T19:17:37Z-
dc.date.available2011-10-25T19:17:37Z-
dc.date.issued2007-05-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/146918-
dc.description14 pp.en_US
dc.description.abstractA primary expression of stocking levels on rangeland vegetation is utilization defined as the proportion or degree of current years forage production that is consumed or destroyed by animals (including insects). Utilization may refer either to a single plant species, a group of species, or the vegetation as a whole. Utilization is an important factor in influencing changes in the soil, water, animal, and vegetation resources. The impact of a specific intensity of use on a plant species is highly variable depending on past and present use, period of use, duration of use, inter-specific competition, weather, availability of soil moisture for regrowth, and how these factors interact. Utilization data can be used as a guideline for moving livestock within an allotment with due consideration to season, weather conditions and the availability of forage and water in pastures scheduled for use during the same grazing season. In combination with actual use and climatic data, utilization measurements on key areas and utilization pattern mapping are useful for estimating proper stocking levels under current management. Utilization studies are helpful in identifying key and problem areas, and in identifying range improvements needed to improve livestock distribution.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUniversity of Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication AZ1375en_US
dc.subjectforageen_US
dc.subjectgrazingen_US
dc.subjectrange managementen_US
dc.subjectutilizationen_US
dc.subjectdataen_US
dc.subjectsouthwesten_US
dc.subjectrangelandsen_US
dc.subjectstocking levelsen_US
dc.subjectvegetationen_US
dc.subjectmeasurementsen_US
dc.subjectlivestocken_US
dc.subjectdistributionen_US
dc.titlePrinciples of Obtaining and Interpreting Utilization Data on Rangelandsen_US
dc.typetext-
dc.typePamphlet-
dc.contributor.departmentNatural Resources & the Environment, School ofen_US
dc.identifier.calsAZ1375-2007-
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