Pastures and Pasture Management

Useful publications on a variety of pasture management subjects:

Pasture and Grazing Management in the Northwest

The comprehensive resource for anyone who manages livestock on pastures in the Northwest, this 208-page book offers pasture managers information and tools to enable their pastures and their livestock to reach their maximum production potentials. Seventeen chapters proceed from planning to budgeting.


 Phosphorus & Potassium Soil Tests
 Pastures:  Western Oregon & Western Washington, Fertilizer Guide 63
 Liming Coastal Pastures
 Evaluating Soil Nutrients and pH by Depth EM 9014
 Fertilizer and Lime Materials, Fertilizer Guide 52

Post-harvest Soil Nitrate Testing for Manured Cropping Systems West of the Cascades, EM 8832


Wild Barley Project in Clackamas County


Pasture Management During Critical Periods (narrated by Gene Pirelli)

Who's Coming to Dinner?   A video description of how animals graze and the type of forage they prefer to eat.


OSU research has paved the way for livestock producers to apply selenium with fertilizer in Oregon. This document summarizes the 8 years of research work on selenium fertilization as a way to prevent white muscle disease and reproductive problems associated with a deficiency of selenium in grazing livestock diets:

Bees in Pasture Management

"Selenium Fertilization to Prevent Selenium Deficiency"

"High Rates of Selenium Supplement for Sheep"

"Pasture Management: Understanding Plant and Root Growth in the Fall"

"Pasture and Hayland Renovation for Western Washington and Oregon. EB 1870."

"Early Spring Forage Production for Western Oregon Pastures. EM 8852-E. January, 2004." 

"Tansy Ragwort Control"   EC 1599-E August 2011, Invasive Weeds in Forestland: Tansy Ragwort


Using a Grazing Stick for Pasture Management  - 

It is important to note that not all pasture sticks are exactly the same. Sticks from each state and/or region may vary based on different forage species, production, and growth stages  due to climate, elevation, and other factors. Most states and/or regions that have pasture sticks customize them to specifically address their growing conditions.

Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District or NRCS office for a source of pasture sticks.

Rangelands and Natural Resources

New - June, 2015  =  Annual Cover Crop Options for Grazing and Haying in the Northern Plains - R1759