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Is mud costing your farm money?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Winter always seems to create unique challenges with livestock. From keeping ice off the water troughs to providing feed with enough nutrients to maintain the animal’s needs, each year seems to be different. On the other hand, one thing that seems to occur every year is a time period dealing with mud. Late winter is […]

Plan to add value to your pasture

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pasture is a valuable forage resource. Like any resource, it responds to management. What is your plan to add value to your pasture in 2013?

Your forage yield won’t improve if you don’t do anything differently

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Are you getting adequate forage production from your pastures and hay fields? Are you getting maximum weight gains from your livestock with the forage species you have in your paddocks? Do you have paddocks or fields that you think need renovated? How much forage should my paddocks and hay fields be producing per year? Can […]

Some easy tips may help reduce hay losses from round bales

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Large round bales are the most popular source of hay when winter feeding beef cattle. Unfortunately, these bales are subject to a variety of losses, including feeding loss. Bale feeder design Research published in the Journal of Animal Science has shown feeding losses can be influenced by bale feeder design. The feeders investigated in this […]

All About Grazing: Developing a grazing system could change your life

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Well, it has been just over a year ago that I retired from my job as Ohio NRCS state grassland conservationist, but I am still staying involved with grazing and forage activities. Of the different things, I had the pleasure to be involved with, I believe the development and delivery of the Ohio Grazing School […]

Time to wind down 2012 and start planning for grazing pastures in 2013

Thursday, November 29, 2012

As we wind down the 2012 year, it is time to assess what worked for us and what we can improve on for next year. The drought really put many of us in a bind this year, but what can we do to minimize problems for next year if we continue to have weather extremes? […]

Improving forage: Lessons to learn

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It looks like the drought of 2012 is in the record books. Rainfall is back and we actually have seen pastures and hayfields recover and produce some fall growth, while annual crops like oats, cereal rye, field peas and brassicas planted in a timely manner have also grown well. So, life is good and no […]

Check your fall pasture to-do list

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It seems there are never enough days in the fall of the year to accomplish all the things I want/need to do. Daylight hours shorten quickly and before I know it, it’s dark before 6 p.m. Weekend hours also seem to vanish because I’m trying to finish projects around the house that I put off, […]

Buy hay by weight, not by bales

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Recently, a local hay producer asked what hay was worth. Of course, each forage producer will have a different cost of production. After he told me his price, I asked the weight of his bales. He was not exactly sure, but guessed 1000 pounds. He went on to say most hay is bought and sold […]

Evaluating pasture measurement results after the 2012 drought

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I have been measuring my weekly pasture growth for the past seven years. My initial goal was to grow as much forage as economically as possible. Dry matter target I targeted 5.5 tons of dry matter per acre, per year. I utilized the county soil survey report and the Ohio Agronomy Guide as my guide […]

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