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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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The recipe for successful grazing of stockpiled forages starts months before you turn in the livestock.

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At the American Forage and Grassland Council’s annual meeting in Roanoke, Virginia, this past January, I was asked to summarize and present the scientific literature on mob grazing. This article provides a distilled version of that research summary.

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For those who raise livestock, making hay is a way of life. However, after going through another frustrating hay season dealing with weather and equipment, there has to be a better way … and there is.

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It is the time of year that our office begins receiving calls about getting rid of toxic tall fescue. The calls are really questions: “How to?” ... “When to?” ... “What to?” Let’s go through these questions, beginning at the end with the ultimate question: What should I plant after I get rid of my toxic tall fescue?

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Production costs remain high as crop prices decline. Cattle numbers increase and compete for scarce pastures. Converting cropland to pasture might make sense, but plan ahead and do it right.

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Range and pasture monitoring historically involved a large paper map, clipboards, a camera, a GPS, a calculator, plant and weed identification booklets and a notebook. And heaven help you if you lost your pencil while walking through the grass.

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