Pasture represents basic feed resources for livestock worldwide and refers to grasses, legumes and/or other herbage used or suitable for the grazing of animals.

FAOSTAT divides the data between:

  • Temporary meadows & pastures: Land cultivated for a period of less than five years for growing herbaceous forage crops for mowing or pasture. A period of less than 5 years is used to differentiate between temporary and permanent meadows;
  • Permanent meadows & pastures: Land used permanently for grazing (five years or more) which includes herbaceous forage crops, either cultivated or growing wild (wild shrubs, wild prairie or grazing land).