Tag Archive: Grazing

Is it Too Late to Plant Winter Grazing?

Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist A number of livestock producers have been asking about making late plantings of winter annuals for forage. I recently updated an older factsheet that I wrote in 2007 with Dr. Don Ball, now Professor Emeritus at Auburn University. This factsheet, entitled Late Plantings of Winter Annual Forages, provides more details …

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Grazing Weaned Calves on Bahiagrass Pastures – Key Points to Consider

At NFREC supplemental feeders are stationed near shade to encourage feed consumption even in the heat of summer months. Photo credit: Mariana Garcia-Ascolani Nicolas DiLorenzo and Darren Henry, UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Research Unit, Marianna Producers across the Southeast are having to make some tough decisions this summer. The calf market is falling, so should you …

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More Grazing Dishes for the Summer Salad Bar

Figure 1. Jed Dillard, Jerfforson county Extension kneels in a pasture of Tifleaf 3 millet and cowpeas that were no-till drilled into ryegrass and red clover. We’ve heard “North Florida can grow forage 365 days a year!” for ages, and that’s true. However, those of us who’ve carried livestock through more than one winter with …

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Grazing Management during Spring Transition

Figure 1. Thick stands of clover and cool-season grass during the spring transition might hurt the regrowth of warm-season perennials in overseeded pastures. Adjust stocking rate and graze off the cool-season annuals to allow warm-season perennials to regrow. Photo credit: Jose Dubeux Spring is an important time of year to manage grazing of pastures. During …

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Stockpiled Grazing Can Reduce Winter Feeding Costs

Researchers at Auburn University have conducted research trials feeding cow-calf pairs and stocker calves on stockpiled Tifton 85 Bermudagrass at the Wiregrass Research and Education Center in Headland, Alabama.  This photo was taken on December 9, 2015 before the temporary electric fenced was moved over to allow access to fresh grazing.  Notice that the heifers …

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Stocking Rates and Forage Management for Winter Grazing Webinar September 9

Forage Focus Webinar Series Tune In: September 9, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M. CDT Extending the grazing season into the winter months can result in significant input cost savings for cattlemen. Understanding grazing management tips, tricks, and what to expect when using winter forages is key to making this work in your operation. Tune in as Drs Jennifer Johnson, …

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Grazing Management is Key for Profitable Livestock Production

Figure 1. Overgrazed (A) and well-managed pasture (B). Photo credits: Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS – NFREC Jose Dubeux, , University of Florida/IFAS – North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Pastures are different than hay fields or row crops. The final product is not the crop per se, but the animal gain obtained from grazing it. …

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FSA Hay and Grazing Net: an Online Resource for Hay and Livestock Producers

USDA has created an online tool to connect livestock producers with hay growers and land owners Hay & Grazing Net.  Photo credit: Doug Mayo USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Announces Online Hay and Grazing Acres Locator Tool For many years, FSA’s Hay Net website www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet  has been the “go to” online resource for agricultural producers …

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Army Worms Attack Winter Grazing in Jefferson County

Armyworms are still around. Scout cool season forages to make sure they don’t add stress to the crop. Submitted by Jed Dillard, Jefferson County Agriculture Agent Winter grazing planted in reasonably moist dirt is struggling to survive five to six weeks with little-to-no rain. The situation has gotten even worse in Jefferson County. Army worms …

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Pastures for Spring and Summer Goat Herd Grazing

Angela McKenzie-Jakes Small Ruminant Program Leader Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University angela.mckenziejakes@famu.edu Yes it is that time of year again to start preparing your pastures for spring and summer grazing for your goat herd. Goats are active foragers and will consume a variety of grasses, legumes and browse plants (i.e., leaves, twigs, and young shoots …

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