Pasture is land with herbaceous vegetation cover used for grazing of ungulate livestock as part of a farm or ranch. Prior to the advent of mechanized farming, pasture was the primary source of food for grazing animals such as cattle and horses. It is still used extensively, particularly in arid regions where pasture land is unsuitable for any other agricultural production. In more humid regions, pasture grazing is exploited extensively for free range and organic farming.

Pasture growth can consist of grasses, legumes, other forbs, shrubs or a mixture. Soil type, minimum annual temperature, and rainfall are important factors in pasture management.

ee also

*Coastal plain
*Flooded grasslands and savannas
*Wet meadow

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  • pasture — Pasture. s. f. Mangeaille des bestes & des oyseaux, & mesme des poissons. Dieu a soin de tous les animaux, il leur donne à chacun leur pasture. il leur apprend à chercher leur pasture. les petits poissons sont la pasture des gros. son corps a… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Pasture — Pas ture, n. [OF. pasture, F. p[^a]ture, L. pastura, fr. pascere, pastum, to pasture, to feed. See {Pastor}.] 1. Food; nourishment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Toads and frogs his pasture poisonous. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: Grass… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pasture — [pas′chər] n. [OFr < LL pastura < L pascere, to feed: see FOOD] 1. grass or other growing plants used as food by grazing animals 2. a) ground suitable for grazing b) a field, plot, etc. set aside for this vt. pastured …   English World dictionary

  • pasture — ► NOUN 1) land covered with grass, suitable for grazing cattle or sheep. 2) grass growing on such land. ► VERB ▪ put (animals) to graze in a pasture. ● pastures new Cf. ↑pastures new ● …   English terms dictionary

  • pasture — Pasture, et nourriture qu on baille aux bestes, Pabulum, Pastio, voyez Pasturage. Pasture et refection, Refectus, huius refectus. Qui a prins sa pasture, Pastus, participium …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Pasture — Pas ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pastured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pasturing}.] To feed, esp. to feed on growing grass; to supply grass as food for; as, the farmer pastures fifty oxen; the land will pasture forty cows. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pasture — (n.) c.1300, from O.Fr. pasture grass eaten by cattle, from L.L. pastura a feeding, grazing, from L. pastus, pp. of pascere to feed, graze (see PASTOR (Cf. pastor)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pasture — Pas ture, v. i. To feed on growing grass; to graze. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pasture — vb graze, *feed, nourish …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pasture — pastural, adj. pastureless, adj. pasturer, n. /pas cheuhr, pahs /, n., v., pastured, pasturing. n. 1. Also called pastureland /pas cheuhr land , pahs /. an area covered with grass or other plants used or suitable for the grazing of livestock;… …   Universalium

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