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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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Mississippi State University Prairie Research Unit didn’t feed the 90 to 110 large round bales per week they usually do; this year they fed zero.

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Sometimes the things we are unable to see can be the difference between a successful grazing operation and one that struggles; managing for the unseen makes the difference.

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Tall fescue is an important cool-season forage in many parts of the U.S. It is high-yielding, persistent and adapted to a wide range of soil fertility conditions.

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I have often written about how to best establish or manage native grass forages. However, here I want to discuss why producers may want to consider using these grasses in their forage programs.

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Every spring, usually around April, we get the itch to walk the fence and appraise pasture conditions for the long-anticipated turnout. Depending on your operation and location, that might mean a herd of freshening cows or cows with calves alongside.

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Regardless of whether hay is raised for your own use or for sale, quality is important for obtaining the best value. Hay value is governed by its nutrient content, palatability, digestibility and absence of toxic plants and other foreign substances.

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