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Limit Feeding Corn With Forage an Option to Get Through Drought

By   /  September 7, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  No Comments

OK, I know I’m going to get smacked around just for mentioning feeding corn. But hear me out. Drought has hit a lot of places this summer resulting in poorer pastures heading into winter, and as usual, the cost of hay goes up when precipitation goes down. Alternatives for folks in this situation are to […]

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Extend Your Grazing Season By Stockpiling Forage – Part 1

By   /  July 13, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  4 Comments

There are two different ways to feed your livestock with stockpiled forage over the winter. One way is to make hay or silage and then feed it to livestock over the winter. This can be quite expensive. The other option, which is much more economical, is to leave the forage in pasture where it stands, […]

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What Makes a Really, Really Good Cow?

By   /  June 8, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  4 Comments

The best cow I ever bought was a real beauty. Her name was Miss Unaweep Rafter 145, and she came with some fancy registration papers and a bull calf at her side that my mother thought could be our next herd sire. I know old Unaweep was a good cow. She must have been – […]

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Hey! Better Dust Off Your Drought Plan!

By   /  April 27, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning, Water  /  Comments Off on Hey! Better Dust Off Your Drought Plan!

The US Weather Service has issued its drought prediction for the next 90 days and for some of us the news is not good. The brown in this map shows where drought persists, and the yellow shows drought developing.   That’s on top of vegetation that is still showing some drought stress from past years. […]

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Can We Graze Now?

By   /  April 13, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  2 Comments

  Yes, there is green grass. Yes, both you and the livestock are more than eager to utilize it. Yes, you both should wait before grazing it. It is one of the hardest times of the season for some people, me included. We are tired of mud and tired of feeding hay. There is an […]

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