Just like cattlemen couldn't seem to stop making animals smaller and smaller, now they couldn't seem to stop heading the other direction either. Here's what happened in the last half of the twentieth century.
With billions of living things doing their work in the soil, it's no wonder we don't know how our efforts to improve things might be affecting them. To give us a handle on it, researchers are doing some interesting monitoring and while they don't have answers quite yet, they at least have some information to start with.
You know we at On Pasture love science, and we love chocolate too. Here the two meet in a story of why you need to beware of where your information comes from and why you should always ask questions. Don't be hoodwinked into eating more chocolate!
If you raise crops followed by cover crops for grazing livestock, or if you're considering turning cropland into pastureland, this is important information for you! Don't let the wrong herbicide keep you from grazing!
Let's talk Italian Ryegrass. Why? It's a great forage, and it has all kinds of uses in cropping and pastures. If you're not already considering it, we hope this series will give you some food for thought.
A cow's body condition is a good indicator of how well her calves will do and whether or not she'll breed back. Now is a good time to check in on your cows so you can adjust their feed so they can do their best for you. AND if you're a technology kind of person, there's even an App for that!
Here's something to think about this winter as you're planning for next year's weaning. Who knew that early weaned steers gain better?! That's just one of the things ARS scientists found when they looked at early weaning as an alternative when forage is limited.