Stories by Mark Landefeld

Grazing livestock? Please pass the salt

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Salt is an item commonly used in livestock feed rations and because it’s used so regularly, it is easy to forget the importance of it in the diet. Salt is the best source of both sodium and chloride, which all farm animals need. Important nutrients Sodium constitutes a very high percentage of the basic mineral […]

Don’t cut corners or you’ll regret it

Thursday, March 20, 2008

If you’re like me, it doesn’t take you long to count the number of hay bales you have remaining for this year’s winter feed.

Here’s how to frost seed your pasture

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The time of the year when frost seeding is most effective in Ohio will not be here until February or March.

Don’t fall victim to temptation when grazing in the fall; You’ll be sorry

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The drought that hit much of the state this summer added new wrinkles in forage and water management for many livestock producers.

Take care of your round bales, and they’ll take care of your livestock

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Storing hay, after production, has a cost to the farm operator in terms of time, effort and machinery required to move bales from production areas to storage areas and then to feeding areas.

Legumes are pastures’ best friends

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Nitrogen is generally the most limiting nutrient for plant growth and it is also one of the most expensive nutrients when purchased as a commercial fertilizer.

Good grazing: fall and winter a great time to take stock of your stock

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Now is a time of year many cow-calf operators enjoy because the season’s calf crop has been sold, all the hay has been made, most of the equipment is put away and there is a little extra money in the bank.

Quick, where are your livestock now?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Where are your livestock now? You are probably wondering what kind of question is that. Of course, we hope they’re still in the field we put them into last.

Use foresight when fertilizing fields

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Applying fertilizers to hay and pasture fields to stimulate plant growth will generally increase yields substantially.

Winter feeding and supplementation: Are you effectively controlling costs?

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Undoubtedly, winter feeding practices of livestock varies from farm to farm as much or more than any other feeding period the entire year.


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About Mark

The author is an Ohio State University Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Monroe County, Ohio.