Forage can provide most of the nutritional requirements of a beef herd during the fall and winter. The challenge becomes the management of supplement due to variations in forage quality and growth.
Undoubtedly, winter feeding practices of livestock varies from farm to farm as much or more than any other feeding period the entire year.
As we have experienced this year, forage quantity is drastically down as a result of dry conditions.
August is the time Ohio producers should begin stockpiling feed for their animals winter needs.
Stockpiling means to accumulate forages that will be harvested by grazing livestock at a later time.
Late summer is an excellent time to establish forages.
The following steps will assist producers in successful renovation and establishment of grass fields and legumes.
In a dairy farm’s employee break room, I saw the following posted: “Our employees are our most important asset.
Brazilian agriculture dramatically changed in the past 20 years.
We know of the rapid increase in Brazilian soybean production.
Here we are in December and I see livestock in numerous pastures where there is no grass left to eat.
The dairy replacements are the foundation of any dairy enterprise. They are the future of your dairy herd and will be one of the major factors that will determine continued improved herd performance.
I have had numerous dairy graziers tell me their cows did not milk well this summer. “Why didn’t my cows milk as well this summer, and how could I have supplemented them?” The answers are not simple, but I have some suggestions.
August is the month to begin planning your fall/winter grazing.
By the end of August many practices will have to be implemented in order to maximize forage production.
Grazing expert tells you what to do now to prepare for winter feeding.
Grazing expert Pat Dyer says it’s time to get serious about management for the rest of the year.
Managing grazing can have a greater effect on the pasture than any other part of pasture management.
Grazing guru Dean Slates recommends taking a critical look at your grazing resources.
Major differences show among groups of above-average dairy graziers. Is your dairy doing all that’s possible to up efficiency and production?
Spring is one of the most difficult times of the year to properly manage forages. Read more in this week’s “All About Grazing” column.
Jeff McCutcheon walks graziers through springtime pasture starts and management.
Do your pastures need nitrogen fertilizer? Learn more about the best times to apply.
Ryegrass can contain toxic levels of endophyte, says Dave Barker, this week’s columnist.