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Frost Can Cause Forage Hazards – Protect Your Livestock

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

A rancher recently 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. Here Bruce Anderson of University […]

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What Makes Grass Grow Back Fastest – Trampling, Clipping or Cow Spit?

By   /  September 24, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  17 Comments

Troy started this piece, Kathy Voth added some, and Jim Gerrish shared his observations. And with all that, we’re still not sure we have an answer. Troy: The heifers moved ahead into a fresh break of pasture while I lingered and admired the trample effect that was left behind. The rough residual was a beautiful […]

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Can Cover Crops and Rotational Grazing Extend Your Grazing Season?

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Thanks to the UDSA Natural Resources Conservation Service for sharing this story and the photos with us! Jared Namken is an Angus man. Red Angus, specifically. A fourth-generation farmer-rancher in Lake Norden, South Dakota, he hopes to pass on his operation to generation five with the soil in even better shape than when he started. […]

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Cover Crop Seeding – Build Your Own Seeder Or Use the One You’ve Got

By   /  September 10, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Readers who responded to our 2018 survey asked if we could include a little more information on cover crops. So here’s a start of what we’ll be doing more of in the future. This week we thought you’d like to learn a little bit about seeding equipment. In this first video you’ll see how Ed […]

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The Wildfire and Weed Cycle – What We Know About Slowing the Growth of Both

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  1 Comment

Thanks to Justin Fritscher of the NRCS for this great information! Out West, wildfires and weeds are closely linked. The spread of invasive grasses is leading to more frequent and intense wildfires. These invasive grasses degrade the health of native rangelands, which threatens both wildlife and rural¬†ways of life. An estimated 100 million acres of […]

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