Sept. 11, 2018
Photo: Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaAs we transition into fall, many producers’ thoughts turn to fall and winter forage options for sustaining cattle production. While the most common thought is to feed baled hay, it tends to be costly. Grazing stockpiled forages is also a logical and viable choice, but there is an additional practice to keep in mind. Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) extension educator, offers windrow grazing, or swath grazing...


Sept. 11, 2018
If you feed cows, getting a forage analysis done on what is being fed should be as routine as the physical act of doing the feeding. The information obtained from a forage test can be invaluable.Relat...


Sept. 4, 2018
The cost of feed is the highest expense on any operation, specifically when winter feeding. Producers typically utilize hay to meet cattle’s nutritional requirements during the winter, but producing hay with a high enough forage quality to meet those needs proves to be a challenge...


Sept. 4, 2018
It’s a dilemma that happens to nearly every livestock producer at one point or another: Copious amounts of good forage to graze coupled with soils that have been saturated by unrelenting rainfall...


Aug. 28, 2018
Drought and other weather maladies usually prompt the need for additional forage production in the fall and early spring. But even in a normal growing season, it often makes good sense to conserve sto...


Aug. 28, 2018
Unfavorable growing conditions in some regions have led to a shortage of stockpiled forages as a winter-feed source. This has put beef producers in an unfavorable situation. For producers who are cons...


Aug. 21, 2018
Some cattle producers who make hay from alfalfa-grass or pure alfalfa fields during the summer may choose to graze these fields in the late fall...


Aug. 21, 2018
Planting wheat in the fall with the expectation of both grazing cattle and harvesting the grain during the next year is a common practice in the Southern Plains...


Aug. 14, 2018
Around this time of year, producers start planting an assortment of annual forages and cover crops for fall forage. It’s a common practice that provides fall and even spring grazing options...


Aug. 14, 2018
For some producers, a combination of events this spring has lead to an over abundance of grass in pastures. Adequate rainfall, ideal temperatures, and plenty of sunshine lead to grasses growing too tall and too quickly for cattle to graze...