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▪ These basic land uses of arable, pasture and meadow were, of course, supplemented at different times.
▪ However, they required good pasture and plentiful hay and would probably always have been kept in closes near to the farmsteads.
▪ But they do not move blindly, in the hope of coming to better pastures.
▪ Birth control Reared outside and fed on good pasture, lamb has a fine, fragrant flavour.
▪ When their numbers reach a peak, like bees in a hive, they decide to migrate to better pastures.
▪ They were most marked on the heavy clays that overlie most of the Midlands, which produced good pastures.
Good meadow hay consists of the same grasses and clovers as a good pasture.
▪ A good run in pastures new would do you a world of good.
▪ Cattle required good quality pasture and plentiful hay if they were to be kept over the winter, which they generally were.
▪ At its southern end are the rolling green pastures of Parliament Hill, north London's premier spot for kite-flying.
▪ Sometimes, cowboys use more heroic life-saving measures, lifting weak cattle into trucks so they can be hauled to greener pastures.
▪ A flock of sheep grazed in one green pasture, across the fence from a herd of contented Guernseys.
▪ Open green pastures and the distinctive monoliths gathered together in a circle.
▪ Drought had prompted ranch manager Matt Swan to move most of the cattle from the 7-L Camp to greener pastures.
▪ Then, a little higher, it surprised them, suddenly unveiling green pasture and rose bushes with delicate pink blossom.
▪ The narrator and her parents and neighbors leave their home in the Midwest and head to greener pastures via the Oregon Trail.
▪ There's good sport over that high pasture, I remember it well from my time there as a boy.
▪ On his way to town, he came out of a high pasture and found himself looking at a farm.
▪ Shortly before the first autumn snows the flock is brought down from the high pastures.
▪ The highest pasture was green again.
▪ This traditional migration to the high pastures freed by summer is called transhumance.
▪ Animals still travel up to the high pastures, but today the migration is by truck, and not on foot.
▪ Many of the Site Classe areas are small and not subject to change, e. g. small lakes, wetlands or high pasture.
▪ Both Rusedski and Sampras will now be looking forward to the lusher pastures of Wimbledon.
▪ It is a rich dairy-farming district of lush pastures and scattered woodland.
▪ It is now time to move on to new pastures.
▪ On the other, it could opt for new and greener pastures.
▪ If possible the new pasture should have a good nutritional value; alternatively some supplementary feeding may be given.
▪ It is therefore advisable to give at least one annual spring treatment to all stock prior to moving to new pastures.
▪ These were in contrast to upland permanent pasture, where arable farming could only be undertaken infrequently, in special circumstances.
▪ All permanent pasture and most leys contain a large number of grasses, clovers, weeds, and herbs.
▪ Their construction and use indicates permanent pasture, thus they presumably represent abandoned areas when occurring on village and field sites.
▪ Upland farms usually have at least 50% or even all of the land classified as enclosed, sown, short-term and permanent pastures.
▪ As mentioned earlier, most permanent pastures can be improved in both composition and productivity by good management.
▪ The present agricultural pattern has clearly involved great changes and the loss of permanent pasture is of particular significance ornithologically.
▪ Total production in the long term is seldom higher than that of permanent pasture.
▪ Areas of woodland and permanent pasture are mapped together with built-up areas as inaccessible to archaeologists.
▪ Its rich pastures are cropped by semi-wild sheep and fertilised by the prolific bird life.
▪ John noticed that as they left the rich pastures of Leinster and rode into Munster the degree of destitution worsened considerably.
▪ The Sardinians were great experts in both activities for which their remote dwellings surrounded by rich Tuscan pastures were the ideal environment.
▪ For years he had refused, as it would have upset his hens in their rough pasture.
▪ At the moment it looks more like a bit of rough pasture ... full of dandelions and clover patches.
▪ The separation is at its most apparent in the summer, when the males feed on rougher pastures higher up the mountain.
▪ The changes were largely at the expense of moorland, heath and rough pasture.
▪ The village became surrounded by fields and pasture land.
▪ Other considerations for siting Neolithic settlements included good water and soil, and convenient pasture land for newly domesticated animals.
▪ A flock of sheep grazed in one green pasture, across the fence from a herd of contented Guernseys.
▪ It is now time to move on to new pastures.
▪ The bill poster had moved on to dryer pastures and all the gas-lamps were now lit.
▪ It is therefore advisable to give at least one annual spring treatment to all stock prior to moving to new pastures.
▪ a cow pasture
▪ As Balfour talked, the men casually watched the infested pasture.
▪ By pastures green, he leadeth me, the quiet waters by.
▪ I said I hoped no angels were flying over the pasture.
▪ In some areas woodland, waste or upland pasture was cleared and developed and new settlements established.
▪ Net income on the pasture is £2450 per year.
▪ Other considerations for siting Neolithic settlements included good water and soil, and convenient pasture land for newly domesticated animals.
▪ Radiating outwards are the paths to the pastures and the frontiers of the Masai world.
▪ Simon then had the agonising decision as to whether Wizard should stay or go off to pastures new.
▪ Haciendas have taken over lands previously used by their indigenous workers for domestic production and converted them to pasture.
▪ When horses and donkeys are pastured together there is no doubt that each species mates preferentially with its own kind.
▪ With the new set-aside agricultural policies, there is a possibility that cultivated parks can be put back to pasture.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pasture \Pas"ture\, v. i. To feed on growing grass; to graze.


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.]

    Toads and frogs his pasture poisonous.

  2. Specifically: Grass growing for the food of cattle; the food of cattle taken by grazing.

  3. Grass land for cattle, horses, etc.; pasturage.

    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
    --Ps. xxiii. 2.

    So graze as you find pasture.


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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "grass eaten by cattle," from Old French pasture "fodder, grass eaten by cattle" (12c., Modern French pâture), from Late Latin pastura "a feeding, grazing," from Latin pastus, past participle of pascere "to feed, graze" (see pastor). Meaning "land covered with vegetation suitable for grazing" is from early 14c. To be out to pasture "retired" is from 1945, from what was done (ideally) to horses after the active working life.


late 14c., of animals, "to graze;" early 15c., of humans, "to lead to pasture, to feed by putting in a pasture," from Old French pasturer (12c., Modern French pâturer, from pasture (see pasture (n.)). Related: Pastured; pasturing.


n. 1 land on which cattle can be kept for feeding. 2 ground covered with grass or herbage, used or suitable for the grazing of livestock. 3 (context obsolete English) food, nourishment. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To move animals into a pasture#Noun. 2 (context intransitive English) To graze. 3 (context transitive English) To feed, especially on growing grass; to supply grass as food for.

  1. n. a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock [syn: pastureland, grazing land, lea, ley]

  2. animal food for browsing or grazing [syn: eatage, forage, pasturage, grass]

  3. v. let feed in a field or pasture or meadow [syn: crop, graze]

  4. feed as in a meadow or pasture; "the herd was grazing" [syn: crop, browse, graze, range]


Pasture (from the Latin pastus, past participle of pascere, "to feed") is land used for grazing.

Pasture lands in the narrow sense are enclosed tracts of farmland, grazed by domesticated livestock, such as horses, cattle, sheep or swine. The vegetation of tended pasture, forage, consists mainly of grasses, with an interspersion of legumes and other forbs (non-grass herbaceous plants). Pasture is typically grazed throughout the summer, in contrast to meadow which is ungrazed or used for grazing only after being mown to make hay for animal fodder. Pasture in a wider sense additionally includes rangelands, other unenclosed pastoral systems, and land types used by wild animals for grazing or browsing.

Pasture lands in the narrow sense are distinguished from rangelands by being managed through more intensive agricultural practices of seeding, irrigation, and the use of fertilizers, while rangelands grow primarily native vegetation, managed with extensive practices like controlled burning and regulated intensity of grazing.

Soil type, minimum annual temperature, and rainfall are important factors in pasture management. Sheepwalk is an area of grassland where sheep can roam freely. The productivity of sheepwalk is measured by the number of sheep per area. This is dependent, among other things, on the underlying rock. Sheepwalk is also the name of townlands in County Roscommon, Ireland and County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Unless factory farming, which entails in its most intensive form entirely trough-feeding, managed or unmanaged pasture is the main food source for ruminants. Pasture feeding dominates livestock farming where the land makes crop sowing and/or harvesting difficult, such as in arid or mountainous regions, where types of camel, goat, antelope, yak and other ruminants live which are well suited to the more hostile terrain and very rarely factory farmed. In more humid regions, pasture grazing is managed across a large global area for free range and organic farming. Certain types of pasture suit the diet, evolution and metabolism of particular animals, and their fertilising and tending of the land may over generations result in the pasture combined with the ruminants in question being integral to a particular ecosystem.

Usage examples of "pasture".

And why does the government of Antago leave them on Azul Island when they could have much better pasture land here?

He had a nasty moment or two as the machine bumped over the snow-covered tussocks and molehills with which the pasture was plentifully besprinkled, but kicking on right rudder just before the Camel ran to a standstill he managed to swerve so that it stopped not far from the low hedge which divided the field from the paddock.

Monsieur le Vicomte Bouvier de Brie--a Marshal of Bulls whom he controlled in the stony pastures near the cottage.

The fact of its being on dry land instead of pasturing under water was indicative of its state of mind, Conway knew, because the old-time brontosaur invariably took to the water when threatened by enemies, that being its only defence.

Something extraordinary to raise such a brouhaha, to get me walking this far this late into the pasture this damp with dew.

As she wound down the hillside, she left banks of green bush behind her as the manuka and native ferns gave way to pasture and the occasional house.

The manured part affords good pasture, but is quite inferior to the boned, which would give a fair crop of hay, and probably three times as much grass as the two lands with guano.

It has now been pastured freely during two summers, and been exposed to the action of the frosts of two winters, and upon the guanoed portion I have not yet seen a single clover root thrown out of the ground, while from the part manured from the barn yard, it has almost entirely disappeared.

They have hardly passed, when large flocks of sheep and goats make their appearance, attended by shepherds and their families, driven by the approach of winter from the Appenines, and seeking the pastures of the Maremma, a rich, but, in the summer, an unhealthy tract on the coast.

They had furnaces and forges in which they made weapons and the metalware they used, and some of the tunnels led to mountain valleys, where they pastured animals and sometimes hunted.

Thus, just about every small pasture was overgrazed and had been overgrazed ever since the government and the Ladd Devine Company appropriated most of the rest of the county some one hundred years ago.

Nick Rael, the third horse on a tether beside the highway eating the Right of Way grass for nothing, and his ten sheep spread into groups of three, three, and four each, grazing in overgrazed pastures belonging to Pete Apo-daca, Ray Gusdorf, and Seferino Pacheco, respectively.

Angel of Leaky Outhouses up there, and we got the Angel of Overgrazed Pastures and the Angel of Always Being Broke up there--why, we got so many offbeat, grizzled angels floating around over this little town that sometimes I get claustrophobia from all their wing rustling--from them that has any feathers left in their wings, that is.

In silence they left the river and followed the track across an overgrazed pasture to the palisade gate.

In some instances a small stack of Canada field peas is put up in the swine pasture that the swine may help themselves from the same the following year, as in rainless or nearly rainless climates, where such grain will keep long without injury.