A field study was made to correlate cattle grazing patterns of steep terrain with the rest-rotation grazing system. Line-plot transects were positioned across each of three heavily grazed, steep canyons. The rest-rotation system as practiced on the Gooding Cattle Allotment is resulting in good forage use as the animals are grazing forage on slopes up to 60%. Level contour trails extending across slope faces made it possible for cattle to graze on steep slopes at distances up to 80 chains from water. Contour trails originate at watering loctions; hence better distribution of water could be expected to result in better distribution of cattle on steep ranges. Downed timber blocked some contour trails and its removal could inrease forage utilization. Salt should not be placed along a contour but upslope or downslope to increase cattle distribution.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Patton, William Wayne, "An analysis of cattle grazing on steep slopes" (1971). Theses and Dissertations. 7954.
Grazing; Cattle; Pastures