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
Grazing winter pastures for short periods early in the growing season won’t hurt, and may even help, their productivity, says Robin Salverson, a South Dakota State University Extension cow-calf field specialist....More