How effective is targeted livestock grazing?

July 8, 2021

Targeted grazing, or prescribed grazing, is the careful use of livestock to meet vegetation management goals. Practitioners of targeted grazing manipulate the timing, intensity and duration of grazing in order to control undesired plants that are invasive, aggressive or pose fire risks. Ideally, this will also support the recovery of native vegetation. 

To find out if this strategy is effective, researchers at University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) rigorously synthesized the results of 70 individual studies to set expectations for the effects of targeted grazing on invasive and otherwise unwanted plants and plant communities.