From animal production systems for pasture based livestock nraes 171 edited by edward b rayburn and published by nraes 2008 no use of the pdf should diminish the marketability of the printed version this pdf should not be used to make copies of the book for sale or distribution. Animals diet being the hallmark of a pasture based system finally pasture based production differs from range management the emphasis of the conference was on the use of human constructed pastures range management is a separate issue beyond the scope of this conference and paper distribution and components of pasture based animal . This is the final of a four book series begun in 1998 under the direction of edward b rayburn extension forage agronomist of west virginia university the project was originally conceived as a single book covering all aspects of pasture based livestock production. Fresh air confirms that the most sustainable livestock production comes from pasture although pastured cattle might have a slower growth rate and produce more methane per pound of meat this is more than offset by the overall benefits of the entire pasture based production system introduction 2 a g ree ner w or ld a breath of fresh air 3. Landless livestock production systems ll subset of the solely livestock production systems in which less than 10 percent of the dry matter fed to animals is farm produced and in which annual average stocking rates are above ten livestock units lu per hectare of agricultural land grassland based systems lg
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