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Answers to Reader Alfalfa-Related Questions – Fall Nutrition, Varieties, and Reseeding

By   /  November 11, 2019  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

From November of 2017, here’s an article answering alfalfa-related reader questions. The answers come to us from Genevieve Slocum and David Hunsberger of King’s Agriseeds. Question: My cows and calves have been on a pasture for about a week with approx. 50% grass 50% alfalfa it has dried down on the stem and we have […]

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Help for Figuring Feed Costs, Cow-Calf Share Lease Rates And More

By   /  November 4, 2019  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  2 Comments

From November of 2018, here’s some info we can always use! One of the reasons some of us don’t track our costs well, or we find out too late that something we’re doing is more expensive than we anticipated, is that math is hard! The folks at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s West Central Research and […]

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Shelter and Bedding for Cattle Grazing in Winter

By   /  October 28, 2019  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

If you’re thinking about leaving your cattle out to graze this winter, you might be wondering what kind of shelter they’ll need to protect them from the cold, wind and snow. You have a lot of options, as the ranchers in this 5:00 minute video from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry demonstrate. Some ranchers have found […]

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Inbreeding and Line-breeding Definitions and Uses

By   /  October 21, 2019  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

This article has grown to be one of On Pasture’s most read since we first ran it in October of 2014. While inbreeding is a form of line-breeding and the two are related, no pun intended, they are different. According to Jim Lents, owner of the Anxiety 4th line of horned Hereford cattle in Oklahoma, […]

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Some Tools for Quickly and Easily Estimating Forage Quality

By   /  October 14, 2019  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

Lately I’ve noticed folk asking questions about forage quality, so I thought this article from September of 2017 would be helpful. Last week we told you why we don’t use Brix to measure the value of forage in pasture. Our primary reason is that it’s not a very reliable tool for looking at the nutritional […]

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