Winter is here, are you ready? The single largest expense of keeping livestock is winter-feeding costs. Livestock owners can reduce and minimize the cost with a little planning. It sounds strange, but feeding low quality hay now might be a good strategy to reduce winter-feed costs. The reason to feed poor quality hay now is [...]
When grass is green and abundant, our world as it relates to pasture management is serene. Perfect all the times, wouldn’t it be nice if life could always be that way? Unfortunately, we will experience drought, excessive mud, severe winters, excessive forage growth, summer slumps, livestock sickness and livestock death. The truly successful grazers have [...]
Winter is here, are you ready? The single largest expense of keeping livestock is winter feeding costs. Winter feed costs will be expensive this year considering forage and grain prices. Livestock owners can reduce and minimize the cost with a little planning. Reduce costs It sounds strange but feeding low quality hay now might be [...]
The high cost of fuel and animal feed make it more important than ever to get all you can out of your pasture. How do you start to improve your pasture? Take a pasture assessment — what species of grass and legumes are growing? What we currently have growing in our pastures matches our soil [...]
Fertilizer prices are extremely high at this time. How do we economically stimulate pasture growth throughout the growing season? In general, nitrogen has the greatest potential to influence pasture production, or dry matter production. The economics of nitrogen application can be influenced by many factors, such as legume content, temperature, soil moisture content, grass species, [...]
Over the past year, there have been many articles that have discussed practices to improve pasture productivity, and those that have a positive influence on the environment.
Are you wondering how much to invest in fertilizer this year? We will soon be approaching the period of the forage growing season critical for stockpiling pastures.
Frost seeding of legumes in February and early March can be used to improve pasture quality and yield.
This winter is the most expensive period of livestock production. Cold, wet weather increases the nutrient requirements of farm animals and the grass has stopped growing.
Stockpiling fescue and orchardgrass is generally considered an economical way to extend the grazing season and cut feed costs.