Jan. 5, 2016
Let's face it, 2016 is not going to be a banner year for high milk and beef prices. As such, the prudent manager won't just blindly cut expenses but rather look for those places where eliminat...

Dec. 29, 2015
Black Friday is but a distant memory, the unwrapping ceremonies are complete, and Santa is back at the North Pole sipping hot chocolate, if not something stronger. The attention this week turns...

Dec. 22, 2015
In human terms, having an extended number of years under your belt equates to more experience. This often, but not always, results in more knowledge...

Dec. 15, 2015
There are two ways to approach a problem: Walk away from it or try to solve it. In the latter case, when people become invested in an idea they want to make work — hurdles or not —...

Dec. 8, 2015
It's often said that you can't avoid death and taxes. You can also add hay quality losses during storage to the list. Glenn Shewmaker, extension forage specialist at the University of Idaho, report...

Dec. 1, 2015
By all accounts, winter rye is in a renaissance. Cover crop craze aside, the rebirth of winter rye appears to be driven more by its utility as a forage crop, especially in the corn silage growing areas of the U.S...

Nov. 24, 2015
The reduced-lignin alfalfa era is barely out of the starting gate, and though we don't know for sure what its magnitude of impact will be, most industry experts agree that it will be significan...

Nov. 17, 2015
For many livestock producers, the onset of winter means digging into those stored forage inventories with the realization that any forage additions can only be accomplished by the writing of a large check. Though the nation's forage inventory is as high as it's been since 2005, there are still good reasons to use this time of year for taking a census of bales, silage reserves and livestock needs. For those in the South, a winter pasture assessment is also in play...
Typically, a relatively small publishing company doesn’t also own and operate a commercial dairy farm, or any other kind of farm for that matter. But, such is the case at the W.D. Hoard & Sons C...

Nov. 10, 2015
"Feeding silage is much different than feeding hay," notes Dennis Hancock, extension forage specialist for the University of Georgia. "Because it's wetter, deterioration becomes a factor whe...