Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Livestock Management Strategies for Improving Soil Fertility


 - a 3/1/2013 Timely Topics article by Josh Payne

During drought conditions, many cattle producers are faced with soil fertility decisions.  Some opt to not fertilize; however, fertilizing during a drought may be the most important time to do so. A well fertilized soil will utilize limited rainfall more efficiently than a poorly fertilized soil. 

In addition to fertilizing pastures, producers can reduce nutrient losses and improve soil fertility by practicing certain livestock management strategies. Proper livestock management can recycle forage nutrients removed by cattle or add nutrients if cattle are supplemented with purchased feed.
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