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Bale Grazing for Improving Pasture and Rangeland

By   /  August 21, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Bale Grazing for Improving Pasture and Rangeland

Bale grazing is a good tool for improving soil health while reducing costs. This 4:49 minute video from the Natural Resources Conservation Service gives some great tips for setting bales, managing cattle, and getting good results. As you’ll see, the farmers and ranchers using it have found it to be very beneficial to their soils, […]

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Start Stockpiling Pasture for Fall and Winter Grazing

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  3 Comments

Tall fescue is great for stockpiling. Here’s how much you need to lengthen your grazing season, along with tips on managing grazing now to get the most out of your winter pastures.

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Saving a Chicken Saves Cattle and Ranchers

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Saving a Chicken Saves Cattle and Ranchers

What do cattle and lesser prairie-chickens have in common? They both love grasslands. But grasslands are in trouble. Thanks to decades of fire suppression, redcedars, shinnery oak and mesquite are progressing steadily across the prairie. Open grasslands can become closed-canopy forests in as little as 40 years. And that’s a big problem for the bird, […]

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Forage Quality on Rangelands is Dropping

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  9 Comments

Declining forage quality is costing ranchers almost $2 billion a year, and there’s no sign of the downward trend changing.

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Science Says Post-Fire Grazing on Rangelands Is Not Harmful

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  ARS, Forage, Grazing Management, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

Current federal regulations recommending that rangelands be rested from grazing for two seasons after fire are not supported by science. In fact, the research shows that healthy prairie ecosystems require grazing and fire. When tested on the ground, evidence shows that moderate post-fire grazing causes few impacts on northern mixed-grass prairie vegetation. That’s the conclusion […]

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