Intensive Grazing and Grazing Livestock

Intensive Grazing and Grazing Livestock

Management practices that build soil organic carbon

Small changes in soil organic carbon can be made through pasture improvements including liming, sowing of more productive grass varieties and rotational grazing. Larger changes in soil organic carbon can be made with efficient irrigation and nutrient supply for improved pastures. However, total greenhouse gas emissions need to be considered as methane emissions from grazing ruminants, methane and nitrous oxide emissions for manure management and electricity emissions for supply of irrigation water can outweigh any soil organic carbon increase.