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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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Many plants produce compounds called phytoestrogens that are very similar to estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. When phytoestrogens are consumed in large quantities by livestock or humans, they can act like estrogen in the body.

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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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Grab a bag of grass or clover seed at your local supplier, and that seed likely has an origin in Oregon. In fact, around 90 percent of all the cool-season forage seeds used in the U.S. originate from the Willamette River Valley south of Portland.

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