Grazing Practices

Forage Focus: Pasture and hayfield renovation

As a result of last summer's drought, I am getting questions about pasture and hayfield renovation. What can be done to thicken up forage stands that have been thinned out? FULL STORY »

First green grass of spring not enough to supply nutrient needs

Turning cow herds out to graze pastures at the first sign of green grass harms forage growth later in the season. But there’s another big reason to wait, says a University of Missouri beef nutritionist. FULL STORY »

Mineral supplements reduce risk of grass tetany

For much of Oklahoma, wheat pasture is shorter than normal, but lack of hay, standing forage, and high priced supplements have forced some cow herds onto the graze-out wheat this spring. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Looking for $200

Traditionally, income would be seen as a positive influence and expenses a negative in beef herds. FULL STORY »

Fresh grass means new calves

As ol’ man winter releases us from his grip, the pastures will begin to flourish. We’ve had a good fall and winter as far as precipitation is considered and forages are expected to take off quickly once the temperatures warm. FULL STORY »

Interseeding legumes into pastures can lower costs

Clovers provide several benefits when they are used in pastures along with grass species. If the pasture species composition is 30 to 50% legumes research has showed us there is no benefit to adding additional nitrogen fertilizer. FULL STORY »

Mississippi cattle farm practices good conservation

A Panola County cattleman is using native grasses in a 200-acre intensive grazing operation that is both efficient and environmentally friendly. FULL STORY »

Management tips for drought-stressed forages

The Midwest U.S. has seen some of the most extreme drought conditions of recent memory. Some precipitation has come over the fall and winter for much of this area, but not enough for most of us to feel comfortable about. FULL STORY »

Forages for summer grazing

Livestock producers and horse owners who use summer annuals for grazing and/or haying are probably thinking about what to plant this year. FULL STORY »

Grazing Improvement Act gives ranchers much needed certainty

In Wyoming and throughout the West, we understand the important role our ranchers play in providing safe, high quality beef and lamb for America’s dinner table. FULL STORY »

Pasture recovery options discussed at conference Play video

Beef producers should be mindful of preserving available forages for grazing, particularly as parts of Texas recover from historic drought. FULL STORY »

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