Hoard's Dairyman Farm
Growing into pasture-finished beef
March 1, 2017
Pasture-finished beef is becoming more popular among consumers. However, finishing beef solely on pasture grasses with no grains requires a very aggressive level of pasture management throughout...
Diversify your forages
Feb. 27, 2017
Dairy farmers who grow their own forages should focus on diversity. Throughout the eastern United States, perennial grasses such as orchardgrass, timothy, reed canarygrass, and fescue are common...
Small square bales rule on this Kentucky farm
Feb. 27, 2017
Geralds likes to bale his alfalfa- orchardgrass fields between 12 and 15 percent moisture. Each of his six balers is equipped with a moisture tester...
Illinois farmer leads, adjusts, and diversifies
Feb. 15, 2017
Ron Tombaugh’s entrepreneurial nature helped him successfully integrate a haying and trucking business. In Streator, Ill., the epicenter of corn and soybean country, Tombaugh bought his first round baler...
A lifelong investment in agriculture’s future
Nov. 2, 2016
The author is the Hay & Forage Grower editorial intern and a student at South Dakota State University. Ed Ballard has been managing the Dudley Smith Farm since its establishment in 1995...
They feed more alfalfa leaves
Oct. 24, 2016
At one time, baling hay was one of the most stressful times of the year for Maddox Dairy. “I don’t think Grandpa ever slept at night during the haying season,” said Steven Maddox, wh...
Georgia dairy values forage, family
May 18, 2016
You only need to spend a few minutes talking to Al Wehner before you realize that he really enjoys life, especially his forage, cows, and family...
Be a strategic forage feeder
March 24, 2016
The author is a dairy nutritional consultant and freelance agricultural writer based out of Connecticut. Early spring grass provides enough protein, energy and dry matter intake for milk pr...
When a Northern boy heads south
March 22, 2016
It’s not such an unusual thing for old, North-dwelling people like myself to head south for the winter. They can often be seen lining the coastal beaches, plugging up the golf courses an...
A pasture-based dairy like few others
Sept. 4, 2015
Southwest Missouri is hot and humid in the summer, prone to drought, can experience extreme cold in the winter, and is home to vast amounts of native, endophyte-infected tall fescue. Nevertheles...