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Wait! A Test to See if Your Grasses Are Ready to Graze

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Bethany Johnston of UNL Extension tells us what leaf stages look like and what that means for grazing. Take her picture test and see if you pass!

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Thanks for this article go to UNL Beefwatch and Bethany Johnston, Nebraska Extension Educator, Beef
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. steve says:

    It also depends on the class of livestock, i.e. growth animals or yearlings, or cows with or without calves. Growth animals need higher quality forage that comes from very young plants while cows can get by with taller, more mature plants. It also depends on the grazing management, i.e. MiG or rotation grazing or patch-burn grazing, also others. Agronomists have gotten so single-minded over MiG and cool-season grasses that they are literally brain-dead about any other grazing methods, forages and values.

  2. Dianne says:

    The animals decide . Last year they went out in April in Manitoba. This year there is hardly anything yet but they are out there. After nearly 8 months of winter they are so hungry for fresh green grass that they find ways to get it. Well they start in the yard. I did water a bit already . It is starting to be green just from the winter moisture. But we sure do need a good rain. Everything is so dusty And dry looking with a few patches of green spread throughout the pasture.


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