Coyote control strategy requires goal assessment

Coyotes (Canis latrans) have long been considered a nuisance for livestock producers and white-tailed deer managers in Texas and Oklahoma. FULL STORY »

Sampling hay and standing forage

The objective of forage sampling is to obtain a feed value estimate of forages that will be fed to livestock. Forages may be sampled as hay or standing pasture. FULL STORY »

Sheep – the sericea solution?

Research at Kansas State University has found that sheep will voluntarily graze, and therefore could help sustainably control, sericea lespedeza, a noxious weed in parts of Kansas and neighboring states. FULL STORY »

Storage tips to save more hay

Last week’s Cow Calf Corner Newsletter discussed some of the potential losses to large round bales due to differing storage methods. FULL STORY »

Monitoring pastures assists sustainable management

"It's hard to know where you are going if you don't know where you've been." This old saying has many applications and is easily applied to pasture and range management. One area of management in which it can be applied is with prescribed grazing. FULL STORY »

Picking a summer annual forage

Summer annual grasses are important forage crops in the Southeast. They have a significant fit in our forage systems to fill in the summer forage gap in the Fescue Belt and as an emergency forage crop for dry summers or bare ground. FULL STORY »

Using early weaning to survive the drying and trying times

Hot air swells across the land, sucking what little moisture is left out of the ground. It’s been days since a decent rain and much of the area is wilting away in a parched state. Amidst it all stands a rancher, looking out across the once flourishing paradise which will turn into a desiccate wasteland if rains don’t come. FULL STORY »

Plant warm season annuals to boost pastures’ productivity

One way to help struggling pastures recover and increase the amount of available forage is with warm season annuals, said David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. FULL STORY »

Grass, protein and climate: New information leads to new question

We use a number of tools to get at how grass will be affected, but one of the best ways to understand grass is to look at what eats it. Or what is left after something has eaten it. FULL STORY »

Cost-effective diets for pregnant beef cows Play video

Dry conditions in Kansas and other areas of the Midwest have caused many cow/calf producers to look at more cost-effective ways to adequately feed their herd. FULL STORY »

Cool weather slows pasture grasses

Cool weather this spring slowed growth of cool-season grasses, the main forage in Missouri pastures. Lack of sunshine and warmth delayed grass leaves, the feed of grazing livestock. By mid-May, the shortened grass begins to set seed heads. FULL STORY »

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