Cedar trees and rangeland loss

The most challenging message to come from recent research is that cedar invasion appears to be primarily a product of removal of fire from the grasslands. FULL STORY »

Fighting a pernicious weed with fire

Carefully staged “prescribed fire” can reset a rangeland’s biological clock, awaken dormant plants, and breathe new life and diversity into an ecosystem. When fire rolls over a rangeland, it gives perennial sod-forming grasses, which are good sources of forage for livestock, a better chance to take hold. FULL STORY »

Harvest height for native grass forages

Native grasses have relatively low fertility requirements. The reason for this nutrient efficiency is not fully understood, but the high volume of underground organic matter produced by the vigorous root systems of these plants may be part of the explanation. FULL STORY »

Consider strategies to compensate for drought-stressed pastures

The open winter left many producers with more hay left over than expected. Producers should consider saving some of that hay in case drought conditions continue to develop. FULL STORY »

Health and nutrition go hand in hand

There are many aspects to keeping a herd of cattle healthy. Vaccinations, worming, etc. are often what we think of. But if you want your calves to be born healthy next year and your cows to remain healthy and productive, nutrition is as important as anything. FULL STORY »

Grass tetany, causes and prevention

Grass growth is starting and one potential problem that can be encountered early in the grazing season by livestock is grass tetany, sometimes called grass staggers. Grass tetany is caused by a low blood magnesium level in the affected animal. FULL STORY »

Nontoxic fescue varieties ready; produce more beef on fewer acres

Cattle producers facing fewer grazing acres for herd expansion can boost beef production with better grass. FULL STORY »

What’s in your Balage? Inadequate fermentation may risk Botulism

Round bale silage 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. FULL STORY »

The critical role of broadleaf pollinator plants in pastures

In February, grassland professionals from SDSU and Pheasants Forever were invited to address the annual SD Weed and Pest Conference about the role of pollinator species in grasslands. FULL STORY »

Better quality beef starts with improving the quality of the land

When Jake and Jondra Shadowen from Benton, Ky. got married 14 years ago, they decided to buy a 26-acre ranch with a goal of raising a healthy herd of cattle. Today, thanks to hard work and conservation, they maintain a strong herd of 26 cattle, up from 11 when they first began. FULL STORY »

Minimizing the risks of fescue toxicosis in cattle

Grazing fescue before it goes to seed and providing plenty of water and shade during the summer can help ranchers minimize the effects of endophyte-infected fescue forage, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

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