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.
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.