We can all appreciate, on cold winter mornings, how an old truck’s temperature gauge rises and helps its engine smooth out and run at peak efficiency. It works much the same when there’s enough organic matter in a pasture’s soil. Soil organic matter, functioning as a kind of gauge, can even out a pasture’s soil performance and ensure that it functions at peak efficiency....More
Are your grazing pastures coming up short? No matter where you are, several types of pasture grasses are needed to provide forage for animals to graze nearly year-round, says Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist....More
Fertilizer best practices and new products will be discussed Feb. 22 at the East Texas Pasture Management Program by Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M Extension forage specialist based in Overton....More
Planting alfalfa – in dry or good-growing weather – can boost production on any pasture-based livestock operation, especially during summer slump, says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist....More
Four years ago, Tony Garner, Grangeville, ID, decided to restore 360 acres of weed-infested pastureland for a 250-head beef herd. He considered several options, including grazing, mowing and chemical treatments. Eventually, however, he settled on an unconventional method: renting goats....More
The rebuilding of pastures and beef herds, as well as information on alternative feedstuffs and the beef cattle outlook, will be topics discussed at the 2013 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference. It's scheduled for Feb. 12 at the I-40 Livestock Auction in Ozark, AR....More
Row-crop yields won’t be hampered in fields that have been fall or winter grazed for cornstalks for 30-45 days to cut feed costs, says Nathan Mueller, South Dakota State University Extension agronomist....More
Slurry seeding a legume into grass pastures can increase forage yield and quality and provide a more complete feed for grazing livestock, says Tim Harrigan, Michigan State University ag engineer....More
Move cattle every day to graze only as much grass as they’ll eat. That’s the strategy two Arkansas cattlemen used to survive – with grass in pastures and cattle management plans intact – a summer drought so devastating for other producers....More
Rather than feed expensive grain with poor hay, substitute it with high-quality grass, suggests Justin Sexten, University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist. All it takes is wise use of a single-strand electric fence.
Rather than turning cows into the pasture, he urges fencing off a strip of fresh grass each day for them to graze using a movable electric fence. Then unroll low-quality baled hay near the grass strip. After the cows eat the preferred grass, they will eat the less-nutritious hay....More
With dwindling forage supplies, more livestock producers are turning to cornstalk grazing. University of Nebraska Extension ag economist Matt Stockton offers the Cornstalk Grazing Cow-Q-Lator, a tool that can help determine fair rental prices.
"The tool is designed for cattle producers to evaluate costs of cornstalk grazing," Stockton says. "However, it could be used by a corn producer to calculate how much a prospective lessee can pay."...More
Don’t turn hungry cattle out on cornstalks in drought-damaged fields or they could suffer from acute acidosis, says Ron Lemenager, Purdue University Extension animal scientist.
Acute acidosis is characterized by a sudden drop in rumen pH caused by rapid grain overload. It can lead to illness or death....More
Limited grazing of wheat pasture can provide Oklahoma and Southern Plains producers with a protein- and energy-rich forage for mature beef cows by late November and early December. That’s providing it rains, says Nathan Anderson, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cooperative Extension educator for Payne County....More
“We’re actually cutting hay. The bermudagrass has exploded in the last couple of weeks.” So says an Extension agent from a state hit hard by drought all summer but finally enjoying ground-soaking rains.
Mike McClintock, Boone County Extension agent for the University of Arkansas, says between 2.5” and 4” of rain fell in the last few weeks in his part of Arkansas. Even so, there’s uncertainty of what 2013 will bring....More
New non-toxic tall fescues to replace drought-stricken pastures, supplemental feeding on pasture and multispecies grazing will be discussed at the Missouri Forage and Grassland Council meeting, Nov. 5-6 at Resort at Port Arrowhead in Lake Ozark....More
Continue to watch for prussic acid poisoning in alternative forages grown as a result of this summer’s drought and forage shortfalls, suggest Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension forage specialist....More