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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.
We hear and see many reasons for improving our grazing practices. Reasons. Over the last several years, the federal government has also chosen to support and encourage grazing through the use of government programs.
As we have experienced this year, forage quantity is drastically down as a result of dry conditions.
Late summer is an excellent time to establish forages. The following steps will assist producers in successful renovation and establishment of grass fields and legumes.
August is the month to begin planning your fall/winter grazing. By the end of August many practices will have to be implemented in order to maximize forage production.
When seeding directly to pasture, there are some guidelines to follow that help to ensure success.
If the weather cooperates, stockpiling can produce an extra 2,000 pounds of forage to be grazed.
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