June 25, 2024
All entrepreneurs want their businesses to be profitable, and the greater the profit margin, the better. Grazing businesses are no exception, but factors like land area, carrying capacity, and feed co...

June 18, 2024
Perhaps the best way to understand grazing livestock and forage management from a fresh perspective is to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes — or in their pasture. Whether you are a beginni...

June 18, 2024
Rain has finally quenched the thirst of several drought-stricken states this spring, especially in the Midwest. With that said, the wet weather that has delayed planting and harvesting activities has...

June 11, 2024
As the summer progresses, perennial forage production will start to slide downward on the forage growth curve. Having a warm-season annual at the ready to graze or harvest when cool-season grasses go...

June 11, 2024
Not all weeds look — or smell — like they will wreak havoc on a pasture. Take multiflora rose, for instance. Despite its sweet smell and summertime blooms, it is one invasive plant that can be a r...

June 4, 2024
Whether farmers raise dairy cattle, beef cattle, or any other type of livestock, one thing they all have in common is that they must manage variability — variability in weather, variability in marke...

June 4, 2024
Most cool-season perennials will reach peak forage quality soon, if they haven’t done so already. This downfall from the spring flush of fresh growth results in lower fiber digestibility and crude p...

May 28, 2024
There is something charming about the colorful contrast of red cattle against the backdrop of green grass and a bright blue sky...

May 28, 2024
Annual forages can be valuable tools for livestock producers who want to diversify their forage resources and bolster their feed supplies. They are especially useful to extend the grazing season in ei...

May 28, 2024
Even though water is the most important nutrient for livestock, it is often the most limiting. Forage intake will suffer if water intake doesn’t suffice, and animal health and performance hinge on w...