August 19, 2013

Can Foliar Diseases in Forage Grasses Cause Economic Losses for Livestock Producers?

Recently, I heard a farmer state that mid-summer foliar grass diseases are the most significant problem on on his farm. It’s true, these diseases, that are found everywhere, can reduce forage quality and palatability. Here’s how to recognize some of them, and what to do to reduce the problem.

August 19, 2013

Brambly Delicious

There in the thickets, along fencerows and places only deer and black flies are unafraid to tread, they maliciously darn any exposed skin when attempting to pick their drupelets of sweet goodness.  Just the juice alone can stain your fingers and shirt for weeks while the seeds can require the most precise of dental flossing.  […]

August 12, 2013

Deer and Cattle Eat Rabbits

Sometimes cows eat rabbits too! Here’s a look at some unusual animal eating behavior and why they choose to eat things we wouldn’t have imagined for them. If your livestock are eating strange things, you’ll learn why here.

August 5, 2013

Grazing Management Affects Soil Health

This video from the Natural Resources Service in South Dakota points out the affects that grazing management can have on soils no matter where you live.

July 15, 2013

Farm Feasibility Analysis Part 2: Spending Money to Make Money

The second part of a complete farm feasibility study is, in a word, money. Before you complete the pasture leasing or buying process, you need to know exactly what you’re getting into. Your feasibility analysis will project the costs, revenue and profits you can expect due to certain livestock management decisions. This allows you to […]

July 8, 2013

Farm Feasibility Analysis, Part I

As part of her continuing series on how to choose the right land to lease, Meg takes us to the next step: Analyzing Carrying Capacity and Planning for rotational grazing.

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