What is pasture?

  • (verb): Feed as in a meadow or pasture.
    Synonyms: crop, browse, graze, range
    See also — Additional definitions below


Pasture (from the Latin pastus, past participle of pascere ”to feed”) is land used for grazing. Pasture lands in the narrow sense are enclosed tracts of farmland, grazed by domesticated livestock, such as horses, cattle, sheep or swine. The vegetation of tended pasture, forage, consists mainly of grasses, with an interspersion of legumes and other forbs. Pasture is typically grazed throughout the summer, in contrast to meadow which is used for grazing only after being mown to make hay for winter fodder.

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Some articles on pasture:

Tunney's Pasture
... Tunney's Pasture is a 49 hectares (120 acres) area within the City of Ottawa, Ontario, that is exclusively developed for Canada's federal government buildings ... in the vicinity of it will often call their neighbourhood Tunney's Pasture ... The complex, home to some 10,000 employees, is served by Tunney's Pasture Station on the transitway ...
Briarcroft Pasture - Reason For Notification
... As such Briarcroft Pasture is one of 18 SSSIs in the Cleveland area of search ... Briarcroft Pasture is nationally important for its species-rich grassland which is unimproved by fertilisers ... Briarcroft Pasture is one of only two remaining examples of this habitat in the Tees lowland area ...
Examples of Pasture Habitats
... Maquis Moorland Potrero (landform) Prairie Rangeland Rough pasture Savanna Sheepwalk Steppe Wood pasture Veld ...
Sugar Mountain Farm - Principles
... Animals are moved frequently among paddocks to maximize the growth and harvest of pasture during the short warm period of the northern climate ... Rotation and chickens are put in the original pasture to manage insects ... using deep bedding of hay to replace the pasture providing protection from the cold and winds ...
Calf Pasture Beach - History
... The area now known as Calf Pasture was used by Connecticut colony settlers in the 17th century as grazing land for cows ... They landed near the Round Beach island at the Calf Pasture peninsula where they spent the night ... authorized the city to acquire and create a park at Calf Pasture Beach ...

More definitions of "pasture":

  • (verb): Let feed in a field or pasture or meadow.
    Synonyms: crop, graze

Famous quotes containing the word pasture:

    Belief forages, moving from pasture to pasture.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    At the rate science proceeds, rockets and missiles will one day seem like buffalo—slow, endangered grazers in the black pasture of outer space.
    Bernard Cooper (b. 1936)

    For a hundred and fifty years, in the pasture of dead horses,
    roots of pine trees pushed through the pale curves of your ribs,
    yellow blossoms flourished above you in autumn, and in winter
    frost heaved your bones in the ground—old toilers, soil makers:
    O Roger, Mackerel, Riley, Ned, Nellie, Chester, Lady Ghost.
    Donald Hall (b. 1928)