Living the Country Life

Pasture Content

Scoring ten components in your pasture can help identify and prioritize management practices
When was the last time you really took a hard look at the condition of your pasture? By giving a numerical value to its parts and uses, you’ll have a good idea of pasture performance overall...
Aim for cool-season plants that produce a lot of volume
Feed costs represent over 60% of the total costs in a cow-calf production system. Get a forage crop in the ground for late-season grazing as soon as possible to help stretch those feed dollars into...
Bunnies browse the fresh edibles and it’ll save you money in feed costs
If you raise rabbits, put them out on pasture so they can have all the fresh greens they want. Keep them in a wire cage on the ground, and move it at least once a day. They’ll eat just about...
Increase the productivity of your pasture by increasing the number of forage species
A nine-year study done by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service analyzed the benefits and effects of increasing the number of plant species sown into a pasture. Howard Skinner is a...
Some weeds are as tough as iron to get rid of
Staying ahead of weeds in the pasture can be a chore, especially woody weeds such as Buckbrush, Black Hawthorn, and Multiflora rose. Scott Hagood is an extension weed scientist at Virginia Tech...
Improve forage quality and yields
If you want to boost the nitrogen and productivity in your pasture, plant some clover. Red clover and white clover are the most popular legumes. White clover is tolerant of grazing, but is not well-...
Your horse will get a tummy ache if he eats too much too soon
You know how your digestive system feels when you’ve eaten too much rich food? Your horses can relate. When first put out on pasture in the spring after winter confinement, their metabolism isn...
The right rental rate is based on a number that the landlord and tenant agree to
Leasing land is a great way to get into agriculture without the high cost of buying. For landowners, leasing provides a steady income from land they’re not using.   Setting the land...
Good spring pasture management sets the tone for the rest of the year
Pastures are coming out of dormancy and the grazing season will soon be upon us. Your animals will be giddy eating fresh forages again. Proper pasture management before you turn the animals out makes...
Late winter freeze and thaw cycles can help green up the pastures in spring
Got a pasture that’s looking beat up with a lot of bare spots? Spread seed on it now and you’ll have new growth in the spring. This renovation method is called “frost seeding...