Saturday, June 23, 2018

The New World Screwworm is a devastating predator of warm-blooded animals including livestock, companion animals and humans.
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Take the time to understand how grasses grow and their optimum uses and best management. This sets the course for systems, strategies and opportunities.

The Guide to Pasture Condition Scoring can help graziers identify and prioritize management practices that may improve pasture productivity.

A recent study out of the University of Illinois suggests that the low energy and high protein in lush pastures may have a negative impact on reproduction.
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Poison hemlock is not the only plant that you should be on the lookout for. Jimsonweed, pokeweed and black locust are potentially poisonous to livestock.

In the ideal world, they need to be able to hold in or deter livestock, but be able to allow water and debris to pass during periods of high water.

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.
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