Jan. 21, 2020
The less than ideal fall weather led to a poor growing season for fall and winter pastures in some parts of the U.S. That was the case in Arkansas where it was hot and dry in September, and subsequent...

Jan. 14, 2020
A horse on stall rest or with limited activity for an extended period of time is at risk for excessive weight gain if fed the same diet as when it was healthy and active. When changing a stall-confine...

Jan. 7, 2020
A wet spring and growing season left limited inventories of average and high-quality hay in many areas.Kevin Gould, a Michigan State University extension beef educator, notes that during the winter of...

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. 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
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...

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. 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...

Nov. 12, 2019
As the winter months quickly approach, so does the hay-feeding season for many cow-calf producers. Understanding the factors that impact cow hay consumption is key to ensuring an operation has adequat...

Nov. 5, 2019
Winter feeding often results in damage to pastures — but taking a few preventative measures will reduce the that damage, mitigate erosion, and encourage better forage growth in the spring.“There i...