This has obviously been a difficult year for mechanically harvested forages. Not only has it been nearly impossible to harvest dry forage, but reports are becoming more numerous of damaged forage stands due to the excessive rainfall we've experienced
Cattle grazing for prolonged periods in flooded or muddy pastures are at greater risk for foot rot and pinkeye, two bacterial infections that thrive in wet conditions, a Purdue Extension veterinary specialist says.
Plants are biochemical factories that are at the base of the food pyramid for nearly all animals on earth (surface). The raw materials plants utilize for synthesizing essentially all components for life are found in the air, water, and in the soil.
By Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Extension
The heat and humidity of summer can take its toll on cattle and increase management tasks for ranchers, said Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
You know the view: picture-perfect pastures that run as far as the eyes can, clashing with pale blue skies and forest green trees upon the horizon; the stunning view that is rural America. But having pretty pastures isn’t just about the breathtaking view. To producers, it’s a vital part of their livestock or horse management program, as it is often the primary source of feed for these animals.
By Dr. Michelle Arnold, DVM- Ruminant Extension Veterinarian and Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, University of Kentucky Beef Extension
Round bale silage (or "balage") is an alternative to baling dry hay that allows shorter hay curing time and saves valuable nutrients in the face of approaching adverse weather conditions. It is a combination of hay and silage making and has certain advantages and disadvantages over other forage preservation systems.