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Metadata from: Mob and rotational grazing influence pasture biomass, nutritive value, and species composition

This is digital research metadata corresponding to a published manuscript in Agronomy Journal, "Mob and rotational grazing influence pasture biomass, nutritive value, and species composition", Vol. 112 p. 2866-2878. Dataset may be accessed via the included link at the Dryad data repository.

Mob grazing, which uses very high stocking densities for short durations followed by a relatively long rest period, was designed to mimic bison (Bison bison) grazing in western U.S. grassland. This project assessed the suitability of mob grazing for livestock production in the Northeast. Objectives were to compare the effects of mob and rotational grazing on dry matter (DM) mass, nutritive value, and botanical composition across four grazing seasons. Eight, 0.10‐ha paddocks were established in 2014 as a randomized complete block with four replications, and seeded with alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), white clover (Trifolium repens L.), orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L.), narrowleaf plantain (Plantago lanceolata L.), and tall fescue [Schedonorus arundinaceus (Schreb.) Dumort]. Mob‐grazed (MOB) paddocks were grazed by yearling beef cattle twice each year, (70–90–day interval), and rotationally grazed (ROT) paddocks were grazed four to six times each year (when sward height reached 25 cm).

Methods are described in the manuscript https://doi.org/10.1002/agj2.20215. Descriptions corresponding to each figure and table in the manuscript are placed on separate tabs in the Excel file to clarify abbreviations and summarize the data headings and units.

Release Date
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POINT (-77.86587523995 40.846696771591)
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Hawbecker Research Farm, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 16801
Temporal Coverage
May 1, 2015 to October 10, 2018
Contact Name
Billman, Eric
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:040 - Department of Agriculture - National Research
Bureau Code
005:18 - Agricultural Research Service