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Do You Have Enough Winter Feed and Are You Feeding the Right Animals?

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

I often talk about taking inventory of winter feedstuff.  I’m primarily measuring dry matter, e.g. hay, pasture, stockpile, crop residue, and grazeable annuals still left.  Fall rains certainly helped to green things up and provide some new growth, but that won’t last much longer and real growth is about done and dormancy of perennials is […]

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Managing Ryegrass Our Way

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

Don Ashford has a creative way of planting and managing his pastures so that he doesn’t have to feed his stock, and he keeps his costs down. Could you do something similar with your pastures?

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Is Mob Grazing as Effective as We Thought?

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  14 Comments

At the American Forage and Grassland Council’s annual meeting in Roanoke, Virginia, this past January, I was asked to summarize and present the scientific literature on mob grazing. This article provides a distilled version of that research summary. Introduction and Terminology Rotational grazing (RG) has been promoted by many land-grant universities and USDA-NRCS for a […]

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Dairy Cows On Pasture: An Environmental Plus

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

This article comes to us from Ann Perry and the Agricultural Research Service’s Ag Research Journal. It was originally published in the May/June issue of 2011. Every year, a hefty dairy cow tucked away in a snug barn produces more than 20,000 pounds of milk, along with an impressive amount of manure and an array […]

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Winter Shelter for Bale and Swath Grazing Cattle

By   /  October 23, 2017  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

If you’re thinking about leaving your cattle out to graze this winter, you might be wondering what kind of shelter they’ll need to protect them from the cold, wind and snow. You have a lot of options, as the ranchers in this 5:00 minute video from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry demonstrate. Some ranchers have found […]

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