Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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.

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.
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