The Barbados Blackbelly is a hair sheep used almost solely for meat. Some are raised and marketed as purebred lamb, but crossbreeding is common for commercial meat production.
Switchgrass is one of the dominant plant species of the tallgrass prairie, and it alone accounts for much of the natural soil-building that occurs on native prairies.
While sheep consume grass as 60% of their diet, they more than any other type of livestock will also eat forbs (non-woody flowering plants, commonly known as “weeds”).
The sandbur (Cenchrus longispinus) is common through the United States, where it is mostly considered a noxious weed. It may occur in any part of Kansas.
Swine are not exactly grazers. They will eat some grass, but they typically prefer legumes, weeds, roots, and other types of food.
Virginia wild rye (Elymus virginicus) presents a somewhat variable appearance. To identify it quickly, look for a bunchgrass that resembles wheat or rye.
Horses are almost exclusively grazing animals, consuming grass in even greater percentages than cattle.
The end of the cattle drive era was brought about by cattle that better met the needs of the market, plus a rail network that connected ranches with population centers.
Cattle are the quintessential grazing animal, making them roughly equivalent to bison in the ecosystem.
Also known as “nodding wild rye,” Canada wild rye (Elymus canadensis) is an attractive and distinctive species.