Terri Hawbaker wouldn’t be dairy farming today if her dad, Howard Straub, hadn’t transitioned to rotational grazing and had a mentoring demeanor.
“He’s taught us so much,” says Hawbaker, who, with her husband, Rick, rotationally grazes and seasonally calves 110 cows on 160 acres in Pewamo, MI. “Whenever we’re mulling something over and we’re at an impasse, he gives us good advice. He’s helped us with everything – from how best to treat a sick cow to buying hay.”...More
Having access to his local grazing group’s expertise on topics ranging from breaking new ground to managing fescue makes “all the difference in the world” to Mountain Grove, MO, dairyman Mickey Moxley.
“The graziers have always been open about sharing information,” Moxley says. “A lot have been doing it for a long time and have already made a lot of mistakes. If your learning curve is steep, the group can save you a lot of grief.”...More
Southern Idaho cattle producers facing higher feed costs after losing winter range to fire and drought can get winter feeding tips at four University of Idaho Extension seminars next month.
Beef Cow Winter Feeding Strategies Seminars will be held in Salmon, Oct. 23; Pocatello, Oct. 24; Burley, Oct. 29, and Caldwell, Oct. 30. University of Idaho Extension will conduct them....More
Drive-bys aren’t the way to assess cornfields this year, at least not in south-central Wisconsin and specifically not in a 24-acre field that’s part of the USDA-ARS U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center’s farm near Prairie du Sac....More
Producers who keep their heads in the game can help their pastures compete with drought and its aftereffects, says John Jennings. This University of Arkansas Extension forage specialist, whose entire state is in drought, offers winning strategies for dealing with and recovering from it....More
Co-grazing goats and cow-calf pairs on rangeland infested with sericea lespedeza increased grazing pressure on the weed without affecting performance of the beef animals or the amount of residual grass....More
“What was the best investment you’ve ever made in your grazing system?” Ask experienced graziers that question and there’s a good chance their answers will have to do with their livestock water systems. But what are their reasons?...More
Drought-stressed, nitrate-laden corn has caused cattle deaths in southern Wisconsin. That’s all the more reason producers should check nitrate levels of such forage before feeding it, warns Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin Extension forage specialist....More
Livestock producers with limited pastures supplies should adopt rotational grazing and consider planting a late-season summer-annual forage crop, say University of Kentucky (UK) Extension forage specialists....More
A Drought Updates live video meeting, bringing experts from across South Dakota to discuss drought impacts, will be held July 23 at South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension regional centers....More
The Montana Department of Agriculture has added a way to help producers who have suffered forage losses from wildfires. A “wildfire-related” category has been added to its Hay Hotline, allowing individuals to offer hay or pasture donations – or reduced prices – to those producers....More
Planting winter pastures this fall could stretch hay supplies and help livestock producers hedge against another drought next summer, says Jason Banta, Texas AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist....More
Drought-damaged corn can make good feed when chopped for silage, but growers tend to har-vest it when it’s too wet, resulting in poor fermentation, warns Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist....More
Corn growers who want to salvage drought-damaged fields for livestock feed should do it carefully because of the potential for high nitrates in the forage, warns a University of Illinois Extension educator....More
Tennessee farmers and ranchers facing unusually hot and dry weather, withering crops and pastures and short feed supplies this fall can get help through a 24-hour Web site called Drought and Extreme Heat Resources....More