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
A perfect storm of events that appear to have caused the deaths of 15 head of cattle consuming Tifton 85 bermudagrass in the Texas county of Bastrop is brewing a tempest in other bermudagrass-growing areas....More
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
Nebraska producers wanting to stretch their pasture supply should consider windrow grazing, says Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska forage specialist.
Windrow grazing involves cutting and windrowing the amount of pasture your animals might need for about a week. Then build an electric cross fence that will give them just a day or two’s worth of feed. When that feed is consumed, move the fence to offer them the forage in a few more windrows....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
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."