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Grasses and Grazing

Learn about pasture management, stocking rates and grass production from beef and dairy specialists and agronomists around the country.

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Have you made your new year’s resolution yet? If not, I have one for you: Let’s all lose weight – the weight of not knowing what to do with those winter-feeding areas.

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“People think rotational grazing is an exact science, and it’s not,” says Roy Boldridge. Boldridge grazes Angus-Hereford-Simmental-cross cows in Culpeper County, Virginia, and has put haymaking and grazing days to the test to find his profit center.

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The winter of 2018-19 was one of the worst years in memory for winter cattle feeding in much of the eastern U.S. Near-record rainfall during the winter months kept pastures and drylots saturated and turned areas where cattle were concentrated into mud pits.

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Why cover crops?

Each farm is different, and therefore the way you use cover crops can differ too.

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“Farming is a business. If you try to run it just on passion, you’ll lose. You have to find the profit margins and adjust to make that work,” says Steve Pittman.

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Grazing alfalfa-grass mixtures

Including legumes in a pasture mix has many benefits for cattle-grazing operations in the Midwest.

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