And ask neighbors not to throw clippings from shrubs over the fence. They could be poisonous. As the last blasts of winter are covering our farms, it is time to make plans for spring grazing. Many of our fields took a beating last summer and this winter as the lack of rainfall reduced forage cover. [...]
Change, no matter how uncomfortable, sometimes causes us to look at our operation and discover that there are more ways to do things than we believed possible.
The wet spring and early summer weather has led to many questions regarding hay quality and the factors beef producers should consider when planning their cow wintering programs.
Grazing management has certainly been an interesting challenge this year. Who would have dreamed during last year’s dry weather that nearly everyone reading this article would see record-breaking or near record-breaking rainfall in April this year? Avoid destruction Many operators have found that by rotating faster than usual that they have been able to utilize [...]
With summer grazing giving way for fall and winter management over the next few weeks, it is time to take inventory of the forage available for your livestock. Along with the forage, the ability to access clean water is more important than usual this year. Available forage includes the grasses and legumes currently in your [...]
I have written in the past about dealing with forage quality when it is raining every day and when we have been short on rain for extended periods of time. It seems like this year many of us are falling in the “raining every day since hay season started” end of the spectrum. Quality vs. [...]
Local pastures have been repeatedly stressed over the past few years. The forage plants have struggled to survive the extremely dry weather a couple of summers ago, to extremely wet seasons, including flooding in some areas, to below normal temperatures for an extended period of time this past winter. Let us also not forget the [...]
Another new year has arrived with the usual mix of interesting weather for livestock producers. As we begin our attempt to keep those New Year’s resolutions, we are constantly faced with challenges and temptations. I would like to suggest at least one resolution that you attempt to keep this year. That resolution is keeping better [...]
The 2008 farm bill provides many opportunities for grazing operations interested in improving their grassland and natural resources. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) has both the traditional program options as well as new initiatives mandated in the 2008 farm bill. EQIP One opportunity for farmers interested in assistance with developing or improving their grazing [...]
There is no time like the present to evaluate your pasture fields for damage from over grazing and weather related stress. While you are trying to warm up after feeding your livestock and checking on their water, it is a good time to evaluate your recent management successes and challenges. After dealing with a drier [...]