The application of livestock grazing to suppress unwanted plants has been around for centuries. Today, targeted grazing by livestock is being rediscovered and honed as an ecologically friendly and effective tool to address management challenges, like controlling invasive exotic weeds, reducing fire risk in the wildland-urban interface, and finding chemical-free ways to control weeds in organic agriculture.

A new handbook is now available that outlines the basics of applying targeted grazing for vegetation management. It includes 18 chapters and represents a compilation of the latest research on harnessing livestock to graze targeted vegetation in ways that improve the function and appearance of variety of landscapes.

Created through funding from the National Sheep Industry Association and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), the handbook is available on-line at: Printed copies are available through ASI ( for $25.