A literature review of studies examining continuous versus rotational grazing systems by researchers at several universities revealed that rotational grazing is not necessarily superior to continuous grazing methods, as is commonly reported. Rather, the report concluded that it is important for rangeland operators to objectively assess plant and animal production in developing and implementing grazing systems.
The report, which was published in the January 2008 edition of the Journal of Rangeland Ecology & Management, found that plant production was equal or greater in continuous compared to rotational grazing in 87 percent (20 of 23) of the experiments. Similarly, animal production per head and per area were equal or greater in continuous compared to rotational grazing in 92 percent (35 of 38) and 84 percent (27 of 32) of the experiments, respectively.
In conclusion, the researchers felt that no one system is better than another; rather, producers need to evaluate a variety of variables to create an optimum system for individual situations.
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