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Pasture and Rangeland

El Niño may boost cool-season pasture weeds

The summer of 2015 will long be remembered for the consistency and amount of rainfall received. This was a great benefit for the crop farmer, but made life exceedingly difficult for the hay farmer. With all this rain I saw many pastures that were “soggy” all summer. Bahiagrass is a durable and highly persistent grass that can tolerate periodic flooding.

Pasture and Rangeland

First frost means hold the grazing on johnsongrass

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing across much of Arkansas by this weekend, which should prompt cattle producers to use caution before allowing livestock to graze fields of johnsongrass. Prussic acid (hydrocyanic acid) can result from the frost and can be toxic to the livestock.

Cattle Feeding

Grazing Bites, November 2015

The fall grass is a little greener after some small rain showers in late October. It is always surprising how fast grass responds to a little bit of water. I didn’t take the time to actually take any clippings, but after two small rains, which together totaled more than I’d had since July, the regrowth was very obvious and I would guestimate an increase of 400-500 pounds of dry matter per acre where, of course, good stop grazing heights were maintained.

Drovers Cow/Calf

Winter readiness checklist

At the time of this writing, Bozeman is experiencing its first days of snowfall this season. Are you ready for winter? Here are some items to consider for your cow herd winter readiness.  

Pasture and Rangeland

False Sense of Security: Hay quality mixed

This spring’s weather made hay making a challenge. Some hay was put up in the stretch of good weatherof May, but most hay was cut late due to the constant June rains. This has led to some interesting forage hay analyses.

Drovers Cow/Calf

November timely tips

Spring-calving cow herd
• Evaluate body condition of cows after weaning their calves. Sort thin (less than CS5) cows away from the cow herd and feed to improve their condition. Two and three-year olds may need extra attention now.
• Dry cows in good condition can utilize crop residues and lower quality hay now (but don’t let them lose any more body condition). Save higher quality feed until calving time. Keep a good mineral supplement with vitamin A available.
Pasture and Rangeland

Cover crop or forage crop…You decide

With the explosion of interest in cover crops for soil health benefits, many questions are being asked where no real information exists to substantiate the possible answers. The anticipated changes in soil health resulting from cover crop management can take several years or decades to happen. There are many questions about using cover crops as a grazed or mechanically harvested forage since this is the quickest way to recover some production costs associated with establishment.


November beef cattle tips

Hay feeding often begins in November. To improve efficiency of feed utilization in beef cows, Rumensin is a unique type of additive called an ionophore that is approved for use in beef cows.

Cattle Feeding

Don't let nitrates cost cattle lives

Will you feed cane, millet, or oat hay, or maybe corn stalk bales, to your cows this winter? If so, don’t let high nitrate levels kill your cows or cause abortions.


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