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December 5, 2018

Targeted Livestock Grazing to Suppress Cheatgrass

Cheatgrass, or downy brome (Bromus tectorum), is an annual, invasive grass reproducing solely by seed. Cheatgrass is a prolific seed producer forming dense monocultures and decreasing biological diversity. Cheatgrass also promotes soil erosion and more frequent wildfires. Increasing fire frequency may remove and exclude all perennial shrubs, forbs, and grasses from a landscape. A targeted grazing prescription is listed below:

Grazing Objective: To suppress cheatgrass plant biomass and seed production for two to three consecutive years.


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