Friday, June 23, 2017

If hay is harvested year after year and not fertilized, production will decrease substantially.

The essential principles are to avoid overgrazing the grass plant and to provide a rest period that allows the plant to regrow to a target grazing height.

What should you consider when trying to accomplish diversity and inclusiveness on the farm? Columnist Ed Brown lays out the benefits and concerns.

Many times livestock show a preference for forbs, legumes or one type of grass over another. This preference can be species dependent or an animal's custom.

Each livestock species has a tool or set of tools that help it gather food, grind and swallow.

Sacrifice areas may limit damage to our total pasture acreages, but the damage done to these areas can be significant.

Livestock that consume endophyte-infected fescue may experience symptoms associated with ergot alkaloid toxicity. Long-term exposure to tall grass fescue containing toxic endophytes may lead to fescue foot and fat necrosis.

How do you know how much hay, grain, and pasture your animals need? A hay test is a great place to start.

Learn more about the factors that cause hay nutrient degradation — some can be lowered.

Learn more about keeping your pastures healthy post-harvest and planning for the ensuing planting season.
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