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Frost Can Cause Forage Hazards – Protect Your Livestock

By   /  September 27, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

A rancher posted on a facebook group I’m part of that she’d lost 4 cows and one bull to bloat four days after turning them into a frosted alfalfa pasture. What should have been no problem suddenly turned deadly thanks to changes in frosted alfalfa that increase bloat potential. But that’s not the only plant […]

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Harvesting Free Sunlight Successfully Requires This One Thing

By   /  May 24, 2021  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  1 Comment

Free for the taking. Free lunch. Absolutely no cost. Something for nothing. Don’t you love it when you can get something for free? Input costs keep rising. Seed, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel, hay, supplements, trucking – everything seems to get more expensive. But miraculously, the most important input is still free. That input is sunlight. Grassland […]

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Is Soybean Stubble Good Cattle Feed?

By   /  January 20, 2020  /  Livestock  /  1 Comment

After soybeans are harvested, cows sometimes are put out on the residues to graze. Some bean residues are even baled. But how good is this feed?   We’re all familiar with the usefulness of grazing corn stalks, but I see more and more residue from soybean fields grazed every year. Cows seem to like licking […]

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How to Graze Trampled Grass

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  From the On Pasture Library  /  Comments Off on How to Graze Trampled Grass

For some On Pasture readers, there was way too much rain early in the grazing season and the grass got way ahead, causing more trampling issues. If you’re wondering how to graze it now, Bruce has some ideas for you. (From an August 2018 issue.) How should you graze regrowth in pastures that had tall […]

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Does it Pay to Fertilize Pastures? Part 1 of 2

By   /  March 18, 2019  /  From the On Pasture Library  /  2 Comments

Yes, some folks say they’ve been able to give up fertilizing thanks to excellent grazing management. For those of us who are still working on getting there, here’s what research has shown about the economics of an added boost.

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