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Carbohydrate Reserve Theory: What You Learned Might Be Wrong

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

The authors start with four pieces of information that put the role of carbohydrate reserves into question. Then they share ideas for good grazing to work well with plant physiology.

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Beef and Bobwhites – How to Maximize Livestock Production While Helping Wildlife

By   /  October 29, 2018  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Thanks to Nick Schell, a wildlife biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for sharing this article with us. I added the section pointing out conservation practices that farmers and ranchers might receive assistance in implementing. You’re probably familiar with the northern bobwhite and its decline. The bobwhite, or what many of us call […]

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The Four Principles of Soil Health Applied to Forages

By   /  October 22, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  3 Comments

  Soil Health is one of the main tools that will help sustain farms in the future. It will help us feed the world. NRCS recognizes four principles of soil health. They are very basic but can be applied many different ways to any agricultural system. Here is how I implement them on my forage […]

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Greg Judy’s Stockpiling and Grazing Advice for Kentucky 31 Fescue

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

Here’s a 3:14 video from Greg Judy talking about Kentucky 31 fescue and red clover. He starts off saying, “It’s probably the best forage in Missouri, if you learn how to manage it, especially for winter grazing.” Some folks say that you can’t grow red clover with Kentucky 31 and that Kentucky 31 crowds it […]

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Frost Can Cause Forage Hazards – Protect Your Livestock

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Frost Can Cause Forage Hazards – Protect Your Livestock

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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