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RM-RN-438: A modified utilization gauge for western range grasses

Aldon, Earl F.; Francis, Richard E. 1984. A modified utilization gauge for western range grasses. Res. Note RM-RN-438. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 2 p.

Accurate, low cost measurements of forage utilization by livestock are essential in range management and the evaluation of grazing systems. However, because of difficulty in making these measurements, visual estimates often are substituted for measured values. To help land managers better determine use, range utilization calculating charts (Crafts 1938, NRCAB 1962) have been revised into a utilization gauge. Height-weight distributions of two additional southwestern grasses have been measured and incorporated into this gauge.

Keywords: range management, grass utilization, grazing, livestock

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Title: RM-RN-476: Field measurement of age in quaking aspen in the central Rocky Mountains
Electronic Publish Date: May 18, 2012
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May 18, 2012

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