Dec. 27, 2016
Even in the Deep South January plantings don’t make the preferred planting window list for winter pastures that will bridge the April to June forage gap. That said, it might be an option when...


Dec. 27, 2016
Raising oats in the fall as forage for cattle is gaining popularity among dairy farmers.Wayne Coblentz, a USDA Agricultural Research Service dairy scientist in Marshfield, Wis., says that oats provide...


Dec. 20, 2016
The importance of supplementing low-quality forages or winter pastures with protein is backed by significant research data and farmer experience. However, protein supplements are often exp...


Dec. 20, 2016
It’s been discussed most of the year and now the time has arrived. The first ever initiative to secure funding for alfalfa research through a checkoff program will begin on January 1...


Dec. 13, 2016
The primary negative impact of seeding grasses with alfalfa is not lower forage quality, but rather variable forage quality, according to Cornell University forage researchers.“The main cause of thi...


Dec. 13, 2016
Many producers plant annual forages during the summer for winter use. However, a decision has to be made on whether to bale the forage or graze it during winter.“Producers interested in grazing the...


Dec. 6, 2016
Winter feeding baled hay is a necessary evil once pastures go dormant. Strategies to feed baled hay are as numerous as the number of forage species being fed. One such alternative is referred to as ba...


Dec. 6, 2016
Winter is the ideal time to prepare for the upcoming grazing season.Performing key activities in the off-season, like summarizing production and grazing records, analyzing last year’s manageme...


Nov. 29, 2016
Mycotoxins are toxic metabolic by-products of fungi. They have haunted the livestock industry for many years.It’s nearly impossible to predict or know for sure that mycotoxin problems exist wi...


Nov. 29, 2016
With pastures entering dormancy and cornstalk grazing underway, it will soon be time to start delivering supplemental feed to the herd. Often, hay is supplied in the form of large round bal...