A two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres has been announced by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Farmers and ranchers in drought-stricken states, approved for emergency grazing, can now graze livestock on CRP land through Nov. 30 without incurring an additional CRP rental payment reduction. The grazing period was to end Sept. 30....More
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
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
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
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
Continuing excessive heat and severe drought conditions across Missouri has prompted Gov. Jay Nixon to ask USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to conduct crop- and livestock-damage assessment reports....More
Drought stress and forage could be a lethal combination, according to Tom Troxel, University of Arkansas animal scientist. Two Arkansas cows recently died of prussic-acid poisoning caused by a cyanide compound found in several types of grasses when those grasses are stressed by drought or frost....More
Beef producers can hope for the best but should plan for the worst in years like this, when pasture and hay supplies run low. One drought year, if not managed properly, will affect profits for three years, say Ron Lemenager and Keith Johnson, Purdue University animal scientist and agronomist, respectively....More
During hot weather, cattlemen need to track weather conditions, watch their cattle and take steps to prevent heat stress, says Heather Larson, South Dakota State University Extension cow-calf field specialist....More