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Conservation Stewardship Program Helps This Grazier Hit His Conservation Goals

By   /  November 23, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  No Comments

Good grazing provides so many ecosystem services, from healthy soil to clean water to important wildlife habitat. Here’s a program that can cover costs of implementing practices that improve conservation and pay you for your ongoing efforts.

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Are You Ready For Winter? Here’s How Much Feed You’ll Need and How to Serve It Up

By   /  November 9, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  No Comments

Here in Indiana, the rains are finally replenishing reserves in most areas. Though a bit late for some things, it is still a boost for forages that have been stockpiled and they have leaped in compensatory growth! But sooner or later, it’s going to snow, and everything will quit growing. So, it’s time to be […]

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Limit Feeding Corn With Forage an Option to Get Through Drought

By   /  September 7, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  Comments Off on Limit Feeding Corn With Forage an Option to Get Through Drought

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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