What is pasture?

  • (noun): A field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock.
    Synonyms: pastureland, grazing land, lea, ley
    See also — Additional definitions below

Pasture

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:

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 ...
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 ... city to acquire and create a park at Calf Pasture Beach ...
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 ... people living in the vicinity of it will often call their neighbourhood Tunney's Pasture ... to some 10,000 employees, is served by Tunney's Pasture Station on the transitway ...
Examples of Pasture Habitats
... 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 ... the animals shelter in open dens and sheds using deep bedding of hay to replace the pasture providing protection from the cold and winds ...

More definitions of "pasture":

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

Famous quotes containing the word pasture:

    On the bare upland pasture there had spread
    O’ernight ‘twixt mullein stalks a wheel of thread
    And straining cables wet with silver dew.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    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)

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