This winter is the most expensive period of livestock production. Cold, wet weather increases the nutrient requirements of farm animals and the grass has stopped growing.
Now is a time of year many cow-calf operators enjoy because the season’s calf crop has been sold, all the hay has been made, most of the equipment is put away and there is a little extra money in the bank.
With many harvested small grain fields that weren’t double cropped to soybeans now sitting idle, cattlemen still have an excellent opportunity to create high quality forages that may be grazed well into winter, and even next spring.
The month of August offers a window of great opportunities to get a jump on pasture planning and development.
Stockpiling fescue and orchardgrass is generally considered an economical way to extend the grazing season and cut feed costs.
Where are your livestock now? You are probably wondering what kind of question is that. Of course, we hope they’re still in the field we put them into last.
We hear and see many reasons for improving our grazing practices. Reasons. Over the last several years, the federal government has also chosen to support and encourage grazing through the use of government programs.
Applying fertilizers to hay and pasture fields to stimulate plant growth will generally increase yields substantially.
Our January weather here in Ohio has been quite pleasant compared with the cold December we experienced.
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.