How animals graze

Ruminants, such as cattle, sheep, and goats, are “natural grazers” having a rumen full of microbes that break down most plant fibers. Because of their efficient digestive system, ruminants can usually obtain most of the nutrients and energy needed for growth and production from good quality pasture alone.

Grazing patterns

Animal impacts on pasture

Animal welfare

(Content adapted from “Pastures for profit: A guide to rotational grazing”, Undersander et al., UW Extension Publication A3529)