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Hay, silage and pasture is your business, and it's our focus. Take your operation to the next level with the help of our comprehensive and practical information, education and technology about various forage types.

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Whether producers are wanting to grow more homegrown feedstuff without increasing acreage, improve soil structure, add organic matter into the ground, increase soil fertility or all the above – cover crops are an effective and quick way to achieve their goals, says Jerry Hall, director of research for Grassland Oregon.

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At the 2017 NCBA Cattlemen’s College in Nashville, Dennis Hancock from the University of Georgia discussed managing forages to meet beef cattle nutritional needs.

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Many stockmen who do a lot of rotational grazing create permanent paddocks with traditional fencing or electric hard wire (such as high-tensile electric wire) and then divide those paddocks with portable fencing like poly wire.

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Evaluating diet quality selected by grazing beef cattle using photographic guidelines

Both animal productivity and ranch profitability can be affected by the nutritional management of grazing beef cattle.

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Forage is the nutritional foundation for beef cows as well as all ruminant species. Producers are paying more attention in recent years to forage quality in an attempt to get more nutrition from perennials throughout the year. Grasses and legumes are the primary forages fed to livestock.

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At the recent Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium in Reno, Nevada, participants were asked to respond to a clicker survey-quiz, as presented by forage specialists Glenn Shewmaker (University of Idaho), Dan Putnam (University of California – Davis) and Shannon Mueller (University of California – Fresno Extension).

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