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Pasture Management Tips

Pasture Management Tips

As spring arrives across the Southern and Central Plains, so does the presence of “weeds” in pastures. A “weed” can be defined as any species of plant that is undesirable for pasture health or animal consumption and production. Research by Texas A&M University has observed two to five pounds of forage loss in pastures for every one pound of weed production for most common weed species. In addition, most weeds contain higher concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium as compared to the grass forage species they are competing with. Therefore, as weed populations in pastures increase, the carrying capacity of that land is reduced due to reduced grazeable forage dry matter production and reduced forage nutrient content.

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Spring Calving – Don’t Stop Feeding Too Early

Spring Calving – Don’t Stop Feeding Too Early

As we begin the new calendar year, it is worth discussing and focusing our attention on preparing a plan for providing adequate nutrition to spring-calving cow herds. The time period prior to calving provides an opportune time to alter the nutrition and management...

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Top 5 Hay Mistakes

Top 5 Hay Mistakes

For a cow-calf or stocker operation, hay has the potential to be the most valuable or the most expensive commodity that is fed for supplemental nutrition during the winter months.  By avoiding these five common mistakes, you can ensure you get the maximum return for...

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