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Be prepared to deal with the mud

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Well, that time of year is almost upon us. You know what these coming winter months mean — greasy, slimy, aggravating mud. It makes a mess of your tractor, your livestock, and occasionally, you may have to rescue one of your boots from its miry clutches. So how do you handle this part of our […]

Now is the time to plan for 2010

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Now that the time has changed, my thought process has changed to planning for the winter and into next year. I went into a mild panic last weekend when I was feeding thinking I would need a lot more hay than I have. When I went into the house and wrote it down, I realized […]

Soil quality and pasture management

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A small farm livestock owner recently asked me about the benefit of pasture aeration and the application of fertilizer and lime. To answer the question, I had to do some review of studies that investigated pasture aeration and fertilization. That started me thinking about soil quality, pasture condition and the effect that pasture management might […]

Plan ahead for winter feeding

Thursday, October 15, 2009

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 […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Oct. 1, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

BARNESVILLE, Ohio — The Barnesville Progressive Home Helpers held a meeting Sept. 19 at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Barnesville. The fair was discussed. This was the last meeting of the club year. The new club year will begin Oct. 10 with a meeting at 10 a.m. at the church and an election […]

Should you feed hay now or wait?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

There are a limited number of days left in our growing season here in Ohio and the opportunity to increase your dry matter as stored feed or stockpiled feed before winter is winding down quickly. The plants your livestock graze the next few weeks will impact those plants’ growth not only now, but possibly next […]

Were you prepared for the dry spell?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Earlier in the year there were several articles in this column addressing planning ahead for the possibility of drought. In April, Mark Sulc warned us to “Plan now for the summer slump,” which is the time of slower growth we experience every summer. In his article he addressed the importance of not overgrazing your pastures, […]

Fall is a critical time period for cool season perennial forages

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fall is one of the most crucial time periods for our cool season pastures. The most important activity a livestock producer should be doing to help the pastures survive winter and remain productive next year is to avoid overgrazing. Why is fall a critical time for our cool season perennial forages? The grass plants in […]

Can turnips really save the day?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

By Chris Penrose Now that we have up most of our hay for the year, we can start to determine if there will be enough stored feed for the winter. Many farmers I have talked with have had significant reductions in yields this year leaving hay in short supply. In addition, many areas have been […]

Utilizing warm season forages

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The hot dry weather that typically accompanies the months of July and August reduces the growth and production of cool season pasture grasses. It can be a challenging time to balance forage supplies, pasture health and livestock numbers. One option that some graziers use to fill in this summer slump period is warm season forages. […]

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