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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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Weeds are one of the biggest problems in tall fescue pastures and hayfields. Buttercup, musk thistle, buckhorn plantain and horsenettle are just a few of the weeds that can move quickly into fields and cause production losses. There are several things that can be done to minimize the problems.

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It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution to better utilize your pasture acreage to increase production and profit. Pasture management consists of managing animals, plants and soil, and their interrelationship.

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020410_oswald_grazingManaged grazing has long been celebrated for improved forage quality and quantity.

 

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Generous rainfall in some areas in 2009 has given the potential for great grass growth, but was it managed to yield a high tonnage of quality forage?

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Since stored feed is almost two or three times more expensive per animal or per day than pasture, extending the grazing season is one way to reduce the need for stored feed.

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For livestock producers wanting the most out of their pastures, measuring forage dry matter content before and after livestock grazing is the most effective way of managing an intensive grazing system.

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