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  1. Meaning of Rangeland/Pasture
  2. Importance of Rangeland/Pasture
  3. Characteristics of Rangeland
  4. Common Grasses of Livestock in Rangeland
  5. Factors Affecting the Level of Production of Herbage
  6. Methods of Rangeland and Pasture Improvement

Meaning of Rangeland/Pasture

The term rangeland is used to describe a predominantly herbaceous plants community. It affords extensive grazing pasture for animals like cattle, sheep and goats.

Definition of Rangeland

Rangeland can be defined as an extensive area of land covered by grasses, legumes with some tree, shrubs and herbs where animals (ruminants) can graze or browse freely. Rangeland is any extensive area of land that is occupied by native herbaceous or shrub vegetation which is grazed by animals. It is an expanse of land suitable for livestock to wander and graze on.

Meaning of Natural Pasture

This is also referred to as natural grass land or rangeland.

Meaning of Artificial Pasture

This is also referred to as established or sown pasture. In this pasture, grasses and legumes are deliberately planted and managed by man to be fed on by livestock.

Meaning of Improved Pasture

Natural pasture or range land can be improved by addition of some farming activities such as irrigation, reseeding, fertilizer application, weeding etc. so as to make it better and functional for livestock that feed on them.  

Importance of Rangeland

Rangeland is important for the following reasons:

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