Definition of Rotational Grazing
Rotational grazing is a management system through which farmers and ranchers move livestock from paddock to paddock to prevent overgrazing and allow time for plants to regenerate. Rotational grazing increases forage quality, limits soil erosion, controls the spread of manure as fertilizer, and enhances plant root systems, thereby increasing soil quality, water infiltration, and carbon sequestration. Grazers harvest their own feed—grass, forbs, and legumes—rather than depending on corn, soy and other grains grown with synthetic inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides. Rotational grazing is a core sustainable agriculture approach to raising livestock in a profitable and climate- and environmentally-friendly manner.