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Do prairie dogs benefit cattle grazing?

Prairie dogs decrease forage quantity but increase forage quality on rangelands.

Ranchers know that prairie dogs can reduce rangeland forage by as much as half, but prairie dogs may significantly increase the quality of the forage that regrows, according to research by University of Wyoming master’s degree student Lauren Connell.

Connell said forage clipping by prairie dogs maintains a younger plant growth stage that is palatable and significantly more nutrient-rich.

Her preliminary data are based on forage quality samples collected in June, July and

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