Dec. 17, 2019
Improper storage and feeding methods can lead to drastic amounts of forage waste. Reducing losses by just a few percentages has a direct effect on the financial status of a livestock operation.Striving to lower forage storage and feeding waste also often improves forage quality. Jessica Williamson, Penn State University extension forage specialist, explains in her recent article the different options producers have for better utilizing winter feed.“Dry hay has the...


Dec. 10, 2019
If anyone should be experts in winter grazing where snow is a big part of the picture, it ought to be our Canadian friends to the north.Canada’s Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) recently provided...


Dec. 10, 2019
Heading into winter, when is the right time to take horses off pasture, or can horses be kept on pasture throughout the winter months?Proponents of winter grazing cite wild horses that remain on pastu...


Dec. 3, 2019
In the wonderful world of forages, one topic is written and talked about more than all others. It really encompasses a simple message: If you make and/or feed hay, get it tested.The battle cry to test...


Nov. 26, 2019
Ash in forages is the combination of minerals contained within the plant and soil contamination that is either splashed onto the surface of the plant while in the field or picked up during harvest. Mi...


Nov. 26, 2019
Wheat pastures are a widely used forage resource in the Southern Plains to maintain beef cattle through winter and spring; however, for most cows, their residence on wheat pastures needs to be restric...


Nov. 19, 2019
As winter approaches, some producers are questioning if their hay inventories will last until spring. Cornstalks can extend hay inventories, but their use comes with some important considerations.&nbs...


Nov. 19, 2019
Here’s the thing about forage crops and corn silage: When it’s time to harvest, it’s time to harvest, at least if feed quality is a consideration.That being the case, harvest is sometimes accomp...


Nov. 12, 2019
It’s difficult to know how long this current stretch of below normal temperatures will endure, but for beef producers in the Fescue Belt, there may be reason for concern.Extended stretches of cold w...


Nov. 12, 2019
As the winter months quickly approach, so does the hay-feeding season for many cow-calf producers. Understanding the factors that impact cow hay consumption is key to ensuring an operation has adequat...