Alfalfa’s benefits to livestock, soil worth the work

Soil testing is a necessity to reap the benefits of growing alfalfa for hay, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Improve reproductive management to improve bottom line

Livestock producers whose herds have poor reproductive success earn less and have higher production costs per head than those whose herds reproduce successfully, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. FULL STORY »

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During last week’s Trichomoniasis Forum, Jeff Baxter, senior product manager for ThermoFisher Scientific discusses the need to develop more uniform standards for sampling and diagnostics, and also to harmonize state regulations regarding trichomoniasis testing. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Check those bulls now

Our thinking needs to move to the bulls in the herd because it is the time to start worrying. A bull that is not reproductively sound today more than likely will not be settling cows in June. FULL STORY »

Four tips to prepare the herd for spring and summer grazing

Late spring and early summer pastures provide essential nutrients to the cow herd, as the cow cares for herself, the calf at her side and her developing fetus. During this period, pasture management is especially important as pasture forages can provide highly variable nutrient levels. FULL STORY »

Evaluate alfalfa stands for winter injury

As alfalfa stands break dormancy and begin growth, growers should make plans to take some time to evaluate the health of those stands and determine if there was winter injury. FULL STORY »

Baleage: Fermenting forage

This high moisture, fermented forage product has been catching attention in parts of the country where baling a dry hay crop can be close to impossible. FULL STORY »

In a “Range War” between a rancher and government – no one wins

Across the rugged frontier of the Western United States, thousands of livestock ranchers work each day to care for their livestock and also care for the land. In the case of many western ranchers, there is a good chance that at least part the land their cattle graze is owned by the federal government. FULL STORY »

Fitting annual forages into a crop rotation

Crop rotations may benefit from high yielding forages that are harvested as silage or hay and marketed to livestock producers. Traditionally producers have focused on a few common crops for forage and silage production, such as corn and alfalfa, and for good reason. FULL STORY »

Ranch drought prep – plan for the worst and hope for the best

“The drought is far from being over at this point,” says Kansas State University Beef Veterinarian Dr. Larry Hollis in an interview with K-State Radio Network and Agriculture Today. “If you look at the forecast, I don’t see much on the horizon that makes me think we’re not going to have another dry year.” FULL STORY »

Drylot management for beef cow/calf system

The use of a drylot beef cow/calf system is an alternative management system to the traditional methods of pasture or range beef production. FULL STORY »

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