Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design


Agricultural & Extension Education

Committee Chair

Deborah A Boone

Committee Co-Chair

Harry, Jr N Boone

Committee Member

Edward B Rayburn


The importance of sustainability has been recognized around the globe due to significant concerns about the unintended social, environmental, and economic effects of rapid population growth, economic growth and natural resource consumption and since has been implemented into government policies. Agriculture can significantly affect sustainability. It is vital to understand the current practices of farmers to promote best practices where needed and to continue to support and encourage best practices being utilized.;The purpose of this study was to determine the current grazing management practices among West Virginia beef producers. A descriptive research design using a mailed questionnaire was used to collect the data for this study. The target population was all beef producers in West Virginia. The study found that orchard grass was the most important grass species among West Virginia beef producers. Also, the study found the best management practices of soil testing occurs on three-fourth of the farms throughout West Virginia. However, some highly discouraged practices are also being used by producers; for example, unrestricted access to the streams -- which often results in damage to stream banks and water quality.