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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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Hopefully, we will receive much-needed precipitation as we move into 2013, but the weather patterns have not changed significantly to date.

How can we improve hay and pasture production if dry weather continues into 2013? Here are a few thoughts to consider.

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Decreasing stored feed requirements of beef cows is a topic that has received considerable attention in recent years. The dramatic increase in nitrogen fertilizer costs has enhanced interest in using clovers and winter annual grasses in pasture systems.

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Reports of pasture or hay stand losses or decline seem to be on the rise. Are you wondering if you are making management mistakes or experiencing a new pest?

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0912fg_lemus_1Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three articles. Part 1 can be found in the Issue 8, 2011 Progressive Forage Grower, or click here to read Part 1. Part 2 can be found in the Issue 4, 2012 Progressive Forage Grower, or click here to read Part 2.

Electric fencing is the fastest and most economical way to contain livestock.

Electric fencing is more cost-effective, easier to install and repair, and requires fewer posts in the fence than barbed wire fencing.

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Once again, many beef producers are being faced with a serious summer drought that has dried up pastures across much of the region.

There are many short-term issues that must be addressed, such as nitrate toxicity, whether or not to sow any annuals this fall and marketing of some animals to reduce herd size.

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In a grazing system, the practical measurement of forage quality is animal performance.

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