Feb. 12, 2019
For many spring-calving herds, cows are well into the last three months of gestation. Ken Olson, associate professor and extension beef specialist at South Dakota State University (SDSU), highlights s...

Jan. 29, 2019
Foliar feeding nutrients to forage crops for improving yield and quality is a practice that is gaining in acceptance, especially among organic dairy producers. However, very little has been done to qu...

Jan. 22, 2019
Thanks to a less than ideal growing season for many parts of the U.S., hay supplies were already meager going into the winter-feeding season. As supplies begin to run low, rationing forage inventory b...

Jan. 15, 2019
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a phrase that is well known by all and can easily be applied to pastures. While some pastures may look harmless at a glance, potential toxins could be residi...

Jan. 8, 2019
The turn of the calendar to January invokes the formulation of New Year’s resolutions. While many people vow to eat better and exercise more, livestock producers make resolutions of their own in an...

Jan. 2, 2019
When it comes to purchasing hay, not only does the intended consumer of the forage need to be considered, but also nutritive factors that will influence its feeding. In many ways, shopping for hay tha...

Dec. 26, 2018
Winter presents a whole new set of challenges to livestock producers. Not only does Mother Nature grace us with snow, for some of us, but also colder temperatures. We’re not the only ones who feel t...

Dec. 18, 2018
Ruminants are unlike other livestock thanks to their ability to turn fiber into meat and milk. Fiber is the part of the plant that gives it support and rigidity, and it is often quantifi...

Dec. 4, 2018
Photo: USDA A common winter forage option utilized in the Upper Midwest is grazing cornstalks. Whether it be in fields or in round bales, cornstalks provide a resource to maintain cows and reduce...

Nov. 27, 2018
Low-lignin forages are a hot topic in agriculture. With high digestibility and improved milk yield, it’s easy to understand why BMR (brown midrib) corn hybrids and reduced-lignin alfalfa varieties...