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How Short and How Often Should You Graze Your Grass?

By   /  August 19, 2019  /  ARS, Forage, Pasture Health  /  4 Comments

This comes to us from the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center of the USDA Agricultural Research Service. While their purpose was to provide information for dairy graziers, it’s a great lesson for us all on how grass grows and how we can manage it for best yield and animal productivity. While there are many grazing […]

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Livestock Genetic Diversity is Being Preserved Thanks to an ARS Collection

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  ARS, Consider This  /  No Comments

This is an edited version of an article by Dennis O’Brien of the Agriculture Research Service. When the sample of semen from the Duroc boar—a breed of domestic pig—arrived in Fort Collins, Colorado this spring, the scientists and staff at the Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Germplasm Collection had a little celebration. Why? Because it […]

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New ARS Study Shows U.S. Beef Is Not a Significant Contributor to Global Warming

By   /  March 11, 2019  /  ARS, Money Matters  /  1 Comment

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-led team has completed a comprehensive life-cycle analysis quantifying the resource use and various environmental emissions of beef cattle production in the United States. Their results so far indicate that U.S. beef’s contribution to climate change is small percentage of the country’s Greenhouse Gas emissions, and were not a significant contributor […]

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Prairies Help Us Understand Antibiotic Resistance

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  ARS, Consider This  /  Comments Off on Prairies Help Us Understand Antibiotic Resistance

This article comes to us from Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications, USDA Agricultural Research Services. It was published in the September 16 issue of AgResearch Magazine. Since the 1940s, antibiotics have effectively treated certain bacterial diseases. But over the years, some bacteria have developed resistance to the antibiotics that once killed them. Each year, […]

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Fighting Purple Threeawn With Fire

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  ARS, Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Fighting Purple Threeawn With Fire

Commonly known as purple threeawn, red threeawn, wiregrass or democrat grass, this plant can take over pastures and out-compete other, high quality forage. Agricultural Research Service scientists have discovered how to use fire to beat it back.

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