With much of Kentucky feeling the effects of below-normal rainfall and historically drier months yet to come, it’s more important than ever to consider rotational grazing, says Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky (UK) forage Extension specialist....More
Summer annual forages, recent research findings, the pros and cons of herbicides, tall fescue management and ultra-high density grazing. These are all topics to be featured at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture’s first Advanced Kentucky Grazing School, July 10....More
Improving pasture management can be an effective way to stretch forage supplies during the dry conditions that encompass most of Arkansas, says John Jennings, University of Arkansas Extension forage specialist....More
With pasture rental rates on the rise, it’s more important than ever to compare per-acre rates to those figured on a per-animal-unit (AU) or other basis, says Ken Olson, South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist....More
A “flash drought” over most of Missouri and nearby regions is slowing crop growth and killing corn roots unable to get to needed moisture. So say Pat Guinan, University of Missouri (MU) climatologist, and Bill Wiebold, MU agronomist....More
Darrel Franson started a second career in 1993 when his family moved from Wisconsin to Mt. Vernon, MO. The former cooperative manager found that raising a beef herd on toxic tall fescue was challenging, so slowly started renovating pastures to novel-endophyte fescue and doesn't regret the cost, he says. The benefits of having a healthy, more-productive herd are paying off, Franson says. For more, see our story, "Taking The Toxic Out Of Tall Fescue."
Early weeds in warm-season grass pastures, especially common this year, should be controlled, and grazing is the best method, says Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist.
“These weeds will remove moisture that could be used for grass growth later on and they remove valuable nutrients from the soil,” says Anderson. “Early weeds also can develop so much growth that they shade, smother and reduce early growth of your summer pasture grasses.”...More
Leafy spurge, Canada thistle and spotted knapweed – those aren’t exactly the forages you’d expect cattle to eat. But over the past decade, a growing number of researchers and ranchers are beginning to believe that cattle can be trained to eat certain weeds...More
Denny Pogue will increase his beef cow numbers this year by 30% – adding a spring herd to his established fall herd of 70 cows. “This will allow us to utilize lower-quality forages with dry cows twice a year instead of just June through August and use the higher-quality forages for cow-calf pairs or weaned calves,” he says....More
“It takes about 10 minutes to feed 160 cows, and we don’t burn a drop of fuel,” says Wayne Heinrichs in describing his herd’s winter feeding program. The Brandon, Manitoba, cattleman figures he can feed a cow for $1/day...More
Managing forages to improve cattle performance and cut costs will be the focus of the West Tennessee Grazing Conference, scheduled for March 19 at the University of Tennessee’s (UT) West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson....More
Grants for grazing assistance and education will be provided through the Wisconsin Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, which aims to expand the use of profitable, grazing-based livestock production systems that foster environmental stewardship....More