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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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An Old Forage Makes A Come Back

By   /  November 2, 2015  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  2 Comments

A forgotten meadow fescue brought to the United States in the 1800s could be making a comeback thanks to the ARS and a Wisconsin farmer. High value without the toxic effects of other fescues, this could be just what you are looking for.

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Don’t Feed Them to Breed Them

By   /  September 14, 2015  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Researchers at the USDA’s Agriculture Research Station are learning that feeding heifers more in their first year may not be the best way to get the best pregnancy rates or cattle performance.  According to scientist Andy Roberts, “For the last 3 to 4 decades, the mantra has been ‘feed them to breed them,’ which means providing enough […]

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