Grazing Practices

Stockpiled forages reduce hay feeding

In most operations, hay feeding represents a large portion of a cow’s annual maintenance cost. FULL STORY »

Expert: Producers young and old plan accordingly for drought

Texas beef cattle producers should plan for future periods of dry conditions as drought patterns exhibited in the 1950s continue to prevail in current models, according to an expert. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with Dr. Craig Roberts and ergot

The problem most cattlemen in the Midwest battled for the past few years was a lack of good pasture. The drought meant little grass and expensive hay. This spring, the drought broke with a vengeance. Near record spring rains encouraged good growth but muddy conditions discouraged cutting. FULL STORY »

Maintaining soil fertility in pastures

The soil nutrient status is one the most important and decisive factors in maintaining forage growth for supporting a viable beef industry. FULL STORY »

Beef produces should strive to maintain proper levels of legumes

Legumes are highly beneficial in beef cattle diets. They provide high quality feed for cattle and nitrogen for companion grasses. FULL STORY »

Stockpiled bermudagrass can reduce winter feed costs

Harvested forage costs are a large part of the production costs associated with cow-calf enterprises. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Grass and beef

Grass and beef. Or should one say soil and beef because grass is a product of the soil? FULL STORY »

Expert: Irrigated crops on the High Plains ‘all over the map’

Though there have been some recent rains and irrigation pumping is in progress, High Plains corn and cotton is “highly variable,” according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. FULL STORY »

Options for management of cows during drought

The following questions are designed to assist cow-calf producers in determining next steps and best management practices when considering how best to manage their cowherd in the event of extended drought. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Good fences make good neighbors

There is a centuries-old saying: "Good fences make good neighbors." In his 1914 poem "Mending Wall," Robert Frost twice uses this saying as two neighbors set about mending a wall, which we would today call a fence. FULL STORY »

Grazing management impact on rangeland

Even with the spring moisture, soil moisture reserves remain limited on range and pastureland of western South Dakota said Roger Gates, SDSU Extension Rangeland Management Specialist. FULL STORY »

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