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
Supplementing a well-managed oat-ryegrass winter pasture with a byproduct high in digestible fiber or energy permits a higher calf stocking rate, teaches feedbunk use and potentially increases meat production per acre, say Louisiana State University researchers....More
Scarifying sod with a harrow or field drag can give the seed-to-soil contact needed to successfully broadcast-seed forages. But many drags are difficult to transport or too heavy or aggressive to be used with small-seeded forages, say two University of Arkansas Extension specialists....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
Northern beef producers should feed weaned steers field-pea forages, according to Vern Anderson, a North Dakota State University animal scientist who has been studying the crop. Peas are higher in energy and protein than grass hay and can provide faster gains, his recent research shows.
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