Dec. 24, 2019
There are many opinions on the proper use of small grain (cereal) silages. Some argue its quality should mimic alfalfa to optimize milk production. Others say that regardless of protein and fiber cont...


Dec. 24, 2019
It makes a difference when you feed hay to a spring-calving beef herd, and each December Glenn Selk reminds us of this fact.Selk, an emeritus animal science professor at Oklahoma State University, not...


Dec. 17, 2019
As forage growth slows in the fall and early winter, pastures can have a tendency to be overgrazed. For some livestock producers in the mid-South, hay feeding has begun. “Most people aren’t r...


Dec. 17, 2019
Improper storage and feeding methods can lead to drastic amounts of forage waste. Reducing losses by just a few percentages has a direct effect on the financial status of a livestock operation.Striving to lower forage storage and feeding waste also often improves forage quality. Jessica Williamson, Penn State University extension forage specialist, explains in her recent article the different options producers have for better utilizing winter feed.“Dry hay has the...


Dec. 10, 2019
If anyone should be experts in winter grazing where snow is a big part of the picture, it ought to be our Canadian friends to the north.Canada’s Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) recently provided...


Dec. 10, 2019
Heading into winter, when is the right time to take horses off pasture, or can horses be kept on pasture throughout the winter months?Proponents of winter grazing cite wild horses that remain on pastu...


Dec. 3, 2019
In the wonderful world of forages, one topic is written and talked about more than all others. It really encompasses a simple message: If you make and/or feed hay, get it tested.The battle cry to test...


Nov. 26, 2019
Ash in forages is the combination of minerals contained within the plant and soil contamination that is either splashed onto the surface of the plant while in the field or picked up during harvest. Mi...


Nov. 26, 2019
Wheat pastures are a widely used forage resource in the Southern Plains to maintain beef cattle through winter and spring; however, for most cows, their residence on wheat pastures needs to be restric...


Nov. 19, 2019
As winter approaches, some producers are questioning if their hay inventories will last until spring. Cornstalks can extend hay inventories, but their use comes with some important considerations.&nbs...