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A little work this fall can mean big returns next spring and summer
Before you put your pasture to bed for the winter, you have a to-do list. Take a close look at what’s growing and its condition. There are several important things you can do now to keep your...
Advice from the professionals on getting the most benefit from your spring forage.
Mob grazing with cattle is a strategy to improve forage species and quality
Mob grazing is defined as grazing a large number of animals on a small area for a short period of time. The result is a uniform consumption of forage, and distribution of manure and urine. Uneaten...
An accidental discovery has turned into a new method for fertilizing pastures.
The discovery that raw milk is an effective soil enhancer happened quite by accident. In 2002, steel-executive- turned-dairy-farmer David Wetzel began making specialty butters and cheeses as a niche...
This family converted valuable cropland into pasture for mob grazing.
During the two decades Tom and Mary Cory have been farming near Elkhart, Iowa, the couple has explored many diverse agricultural adventures. When they began farming in 1992, theirs was a row-crop and...
A rotational grazing structure saves time, money, and your pastures
Radio interview source: Steve Higgins, Director of Animal Compliance, University of Kentucky Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Some cattle producers have to sacrifice a pasture...
Grasslands are precious to maintain for grazing and wildlife diversity
Radio interview source: Paul Goldsmith, District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service Listen to the radio mp3 or read below Throughout the nation, a lot of grassland is...
Cooler temperatures and the return of rainfall after a hot, dry summer can cause a springlike regrowth in pastures that can cause deadly grass tetany and bloat in grazing cattle
Lush growth in predominantly grass pastures can cause cattle to suffer grass tetany, a potentially fatal condition caused by a magnesium deficiency. Bloat, on the other hand is more of a concern in...
Replacing hay with winter pasture requires action in the fall
When grain prices increase and the amount of hay available decreases, many farmers are concerned about feeding their cattle through winter. Winter pasture, while expensive and traditionally used for...
Iowa family sprays raw milk on pasture as fertilizer
The discovery that raw milk is an effective soil enhancer happened quite by accident. In 2002, steel-executive-turned-dairy-farmer David Wetzel began making specialty butters and cheeses as a niche...