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Minnesota Grazing Lands
•Grazing lands comprise about 4.5% or 2.5 million acres of land in Minnesota. (A precious commodity.)
• Grazing lands provide the principle source of forage for domestic livestock in Minnesota.
• Grazing with beef cattle and dairy cows are the primary use of Minnesota grazing lands.
•Forage production is the basic goal of a rancher or farmer, but maintenance and/or improvement of grazing lands is just as important as livestock husbandry.
• Grazing lands provide essential habitat and foraging areas for many kinds of wildlife.
This includes both game and non-game species.
• Grazing lands provide watershed protection and recharge the water supply.
• Grazing lands are comprised of improved pastureland, rangeland, and naturalized areas.
• Vegetation on grazing lands are diverse, and the range of flora includes cool season introduced species as well as native remnant prairies. This mixture accounts for naturalized areas.