Stockpiled fescue is forage allowed to grow and accumulate for future use, often during a forage deficit. It is common practice to harvest and store stockpiled-fescue as hay or silage, but the purposeful stockpiling of forage for grazing at a later time is a new concept for many livestock producers. Nearly any grass or legume […]
How are your hay and pasture fields doing this summer? There has been so much rain in many areas this year that some may be just finishing up first cutting hay. I have talked with many farmers this summer that have mentioned their hay yields are down and pastures have not been as productive as […]
Wow, have you been watching the grass grow? Once we got some rain and a few warmer days, it seems that the forage plants began racing to see which ones could get the tallest and head out first. Yes, I said head out. Almost every pasture field and hay field I have visited in the […]
The amount of proper Management is what determines how successful forage production will be in a grazing system.
Cutting excess pasture for hay is one tool to handle the rapid spring growth. However, getting hay dry in May and early June can be difficult.Drying time is impacted by forage species, environmental conditions, cut height, conditioning and swath width. Getting hay up quickly in the spring may help in reducing rain damage. Rain causes […]
I’ve been hearing many complaints about the weather. We all know to expect variable weather in early spring, so I decided to look up so data to see if these complaints hold water. During March 2013, in central Ohio, the average air temperature was 35.2 degrees, which was 5 degrees below the historical average of […]
If you have livestock that graze pastures or you are looking to start grazing livestock, you may have read this column over the past several years and asked yourself, “How can I improve my pasture management?” With spring now here, I thought this would be a good time to review the five basic principles of […]
And ask neighbors not to throw clippings from shrubs over the fence. They could be poisonous. As the last blasts of winter are covering our farms, it is time to make plans for spring grazing. Many of our fields took a beating last summer and this winter as the lack of rainfall reduced forage cover. […]
Winter always seems to create unique challenges with livestock. From keeping ice off the water troughs to providing feed with enough nutrients to maintain the animal’s needs, each year seems to be different. On the other hand, one thing that seems to occur every year is a time period dealing with mud. Late winter is […]
Pasture is a valuable forage resource. Like any resource, it responds to management. What is your plan to add value to your pasture in 2013?