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Conservation program opportunities available for grazing operations

Thursday, May 28, 2009

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 […]

Ohio Pasture Measurement Project lets you watch growth from week to week

Thursday, May 14, 2009

How are your pastures growing? If you are like most you would reply in terms like fast or rapid. It is the month of May and pastures should be right in the middle of the ‘spring flush.’ ‘Spring flush’ is the term to describe the rapid growth of our cool season forages during April, May […]

Plan now for the summer slump

Thursday, April 30, 2009

What are you going to do this summer when growth in your cool-season pastures slows down? What will you do if they stop growing altogether sometime this summer? You must be thinking, “Aw come on man, why are you asking me that when spring has barely gotten into gear?” The answer is simply that a […]

Why would you consider management intensive grazing?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Many of you have seen them — farms split into paddocks where the animals are rotated each week, every three days, once a day or even every 12 hours. Some of you may wonder why? Why go to all of that hassle? Is it really worthwhile? I suppose to some, all of those division fences […]

Strategies to begin the grazing season

Thursday, April 2, 2009

In the last “About Grazing” column, Chris Penrose wrote about some early season grazing management. In this column, I want to continue that theme and examine the strategies of set stocking vs. rotation to begin the grazing season. There is a saying that goes “Well begun is half done.” It implies that how a project […]

Extending the grazing season backwards

Thursday, March 19, 2009

By CHRIS PENROSE When we think of extending the grazing season, we usually think of how long we can go into the fall or winter without feeding stored feed. Another option often overlooked is how soon we can stop feeding as spring approaches. Several options There are several options to accomplish this. The first is […]

Mean temperatures keeping cows lean

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Some cows I’ve seen lately look thinner than normal for this time of year. With more than a month of winter remaining, it could mean trouble for producers as calving time approaches. We’ve had colder than normal temperatures, combined with a longer than normal continuous cold spell in our part of the state and this […]

It’s time to evaluate your pastures

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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 […]

Pasture measurement can improve management

Thursday, January 22, 2009

When the management of grazing is discussed, what are the topics of that discussion? Typically, they involve forage growth, forage varieties, soils, animal nutrition, grazing behavior, and paddock layout and design. These are all valuable topics for a grazier to understand and use to effectively manage his system. Rarely do you hear discussions on the […]

Purchasing seed for new pastures

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The days are getting longer, which means spring is just around the corner! Having grown up in a warmer climate than Ohio, I like to remind myself spring will come as we head into the coldest months of the winter. Reminding myself of spring also motivates me to prepare for its arrival. Some tasks need […]

Winter pasture management can also be mud management

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Let me paint you a winter pasture management picture. Here sits our grazier, indoors next to a cozy wood stove fire while the farm’s livestock graze contentedly on stockpiled forages and… what? Oh yeah, that’s right, once again we had a dry fall period and instead of being able to stockpile forage growth, we actually […]

Plan now for your winter feeding

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Winter is here, are you ready? The single largest expense of keeping livestock is winter feeding costs. Winter feed costs will be expensive this year considering forage and grain prices. Livestock owners can reduce and minimize the cost with a little planning. Reduce costs It sounds strange but feeding low quality hay now might be […]

Winter grazing may be right for you

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The lack of adequate rainfall in our area this summer and fall left many producers with less forage than they would like, but that doesn’t mean they are all feeding hay yet. If you do not have forage left for livestock to graze at this time of year you may want to reconsider some of […]

Review resources available for livestock

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

As the lazy, hazy days of summer have been replaced by Jack Frost and thoughts of sugar plums dancing in our heads, our farm chores are also changing. Pasture growth has slowed down and may be stopped for all practical purposes, however our livestock still have daily needs to be met. Our efforts in managing […]

A few, not all, forages can be toxic after frost

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fall is in the air and Jack Frost will certainly arrive soon. Each year after the first hard frost, I usually answer phone calls from forage producers who are very concerned about the dangers of feeding frosted forages. A very few, but certainly not all, of our forages can be extremely toxic soon after a […]

Fall: It’s not the end of the grazing season, it’s the beginning

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October signals the coming end to our pasture-growing season. In some cases the growing season equals the grazing season. When pasture growth ends, so does the grazing. However, for those graziers who have managed their pastures and watched over pasture health, the grazing season extends beyond the growing season.

It’s time to add organic matter to soil

Thursday, September 4, 2008

How has fertilizer prices impacted forage production on your farm? How do you think fertilizer prices will influence your production in the future? Can you afford to spread fertilizer on hay and pasture fields these days? Are you sure you can afford not to spread fertilizer on your fields? How are farmers going to be […]

Game of farming: Decisions, decisions

Thursday, August 21, 2008

If you don’t make the management decisions for your farm, who will?

Late summer a good time to think about pastures and hay crops

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Late summer can be an excellent time to establish new forage stands. It is also a good time to seed in bare or thin spots in stands established this spring. While we can’t control the weather, there are several things we can control that will improve the chances for successful forage stand establishment. First, apply […]

Parasites pose a problem in pastures

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Summer grazing management is generally about slowing paddock rotations and providing the grass plant with an adequate recovery period before another grazing pass is made. As if that were not enough of a management challenge, the pasture-based sheep and goat producer faces another twist on top of that. They must also manage summer grazing schedules […]

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