Summary of pasture biomass estimates on the rotational grazing (CS6) system 1990-2010

Pasture swards are complex systems of growing grasses and forbs, that are grazed during the growing season and occassionally cut for hay. As a result, it is difficult to characterize their productivity and this can be confounded by heifer management. In this report, we summarize the three different approaches used to develop pasture biomass estimates as it becomes more and more important as we compare primary productivity, carbon cycling and economic productivity among the WICST systems.

Authors: J. Hedtcke and J. Posner