Understanding potassium’s role in the ruminant diet

Potassium may often be an underappreciated mineral in the world of ruminant nutrition, but it plays key roles in the body. FULL STORY »

Reducing feed costs with winter grazing and rotation

Winter feed represents one of the largest costs for a livestock production enterprise. Grazing pasture that has been stockpiled for winter use is a rational alternative to limit costs resulting from both harvest (or purchase) and feeding of hay. FULL STORY »

Grazing Bites - December 2013

Ruminants have the ability, through what I will call biological feedback, to instinctly know what they should be eating and how much. Their biggest problem is usually availability. FULL STORY »

Forage and grazing tips

Thanks to some favorable weather, fall field work is nearly done – or is it? Maybe you can get a jump on next year’s challenges and opportunities. FULL STORY »

Cattle producers prepare for 2014

Cattle markets are heading into the final holiday period of 2013 at record or near record price levels across the board. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Bulls and cold are not a good mix

Having had to break into the office door because the lock was frozen shut reminded me that not all things work well in the cold. FULL STORY »

Windbreaks reduce cattle energy demands

Cattle will naturally seek windbreaks in the winter. In cold weather, cattle require additional energy to maintain body temperature, and wind chill further increases energy demands. FULL STORY »

Some dry areas remain, but much of Texas looks green

Driving through Central Texas recently, Travis Miller said he saw a lot of green that wasn’t there this time last year. FULL STORY »

CattleSense: Research round-up

I know I’m not alone in my ongoing struggle to balance a limited amount of time with short-term tasks, long-term projects, continuing education, networking, and just finding time to think! But a recent road trip at least gave me opportunity to catch up on my overgrown reading pile, which turned out to contain several research articles I would like to share here. FULL STORY »

Winter means cattle producers need to keep closer eye on herds

Winter is a time of increased vigilance for the state’s livestock producers, said Tom Troxel, professor and associate department head-animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Despite rains, many Texas reservoirs remain critically low

Though many Texas reservoir levels were recharged in the last few months, some remain at critical levels and may soon mean hard choices for municipalities. FULL STORY »

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My pastures were hit pretty hard by drought this season. What should I be looking for to help my pastures recover?

Matt McGowin, DuPont Crop Protection range and pasture specialist in the mid-South region:

Question: My pastures were hit pretty hard by drought this season. What should I be looking for to help my pastures recover?

Answer: Matt McGowin, DuPont Crop Protection range and pasture specialist in the mid-South region.Severe lack of moisture and record-setting heat in many parts of the country weakened plants, challenged weed control efforts and amplified plant stress from grazing. The result has been thinner stands of grass that will have a harder time competing with weeds.  Read More…


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