Rotational Grazing on Rangelands: Reconciliation of Perception and Experimental Evidence

  title={Rotational Grazing on Rangelands: Reconciliation of Perception and Experimental Evidence},
  author={David D. Briske and Justin D. Derner and J. R. Brown and Samuel D. Fuhlendorf and William R. Teague and Kris Havstad and Robert L. Gillen and A. J. Ash and Walter D. Willms},
Abstract In spite of overwhelming experimental evidence to the contrary, rotational grazing continues to be promoted and implemented as the only viable grazing strategy. The goals of this synthesis are to 1) reevaluate the complexity, underlying assumptions, and ecological processes of grazed ecosystems, 2) summarize plant and animal production responses to rotational and continuous grazing, 3) characterize the prevailing perceptions influencing the assessment of rotational and continuous… 
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  • Geography, Environmental Science
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