April 24, 2018
For many regions, April wasn’t the warm start to spring that producers were hoping for. If the trend continues, assessing freeze damage to alfalfa might be a routine activity. Producers are urg...


April 17, 2018
Hay producers usually try to get the most money for their product or at least ensure a profit. When the hay market is high, achieving a profitable return is relatively easy. It’s when hay prices sag...


April 17, 2018
Care must be taken when turning cattle out on once-stressed pastures to protect against continuing a cycle of mistreatment, consequently resulting in poor forage quality and growth.“Drought-like con...


April 10, 2018
Baleage is ensiled at 40 to 60 percent moisture, while dry hay commonly is stored below 20 percent moisture and silage above 65 percent, explains Kim Mullenix, beef cattle systems extension specialist...


April 10, 2018
Horses, as grazers, are different than every other livestock species. Notoriously known for being selective, horses can quickly turn a uniform pasture into a patchwork quilt that often res...


April 3, 2018
“Springtime brings the growth of new spring grasses, but it also offers a higher risk for grass tetany,” says Lew Strickland, extension veterinarian with the University of Tennessee (UT).In a rece...


April 3, 2018
Once hay crop or corn silage is ensiled and fermented, it’s always best if it stays in place until the crop is fed. Sometimes, however, situations arise where it will need to be moved and re-ensiled...


March 27, 2018
Cattle, horses, sheep, and goats are all susceptible to internal parasites, which can be devastating to producers economically.“Many times, the effects are subclinical and may go unnoticed, but severe infestations can cause disease and death,” says Adam Speir, a county extension agent with the University of Georgia’s forage extension team. Speir notes that the effects of infestations can come in many forms, with the most common being reduced milk production, reduced...


March 27, 2018
According to an informal survey of suppliers, available seed for spring planting is a mixed bag. The survey was conducted by Dan Foor, chief executive officer for LaCrosse Seed in LaCrosse, Wis.Here w...


March 20, 2018
Spring is a time of pasture renewal. However, after a winter of intermittent rain and continual refreezing, feeding grounds may be unsuitable for fresh growth. Ohio State University extension educator...