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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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Intense livestock grazing over a relatively short period of time can benefit rangelands, according to a study published by Idaho State University researchers.

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Spring of 2011 had brought significant challenges to livestock grazing operations. In many areas, 10 to 12 inches of rain fell from April to May, preventing land from drying out during early-spring grazing. And recent snow melts have cause flooding in other areas.

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Jason Rowntree from Michigan State University presents a practical guide to determining forage availability and when to turn cows out in the spring.

With 2010 firmly behind us, it is time to look ahead to what the new year might bring.

There are many things on our minds this time of year as agriculture producers – keeping hay and feed in front of livestock, keeping water thawed and available, equipment maintenance, taxes and spring.

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Thomas Edison wrote, “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” My good fortune, managing grasslands that resemble the lost prairies, has come through the inspiration and mentorship of many graziers throughout the country.

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Pastures must be well-established to be highly productive. Before establishing new pastures or renovating existing pastures, producers must evaluate the farm’s forage needs.

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