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Grazing

Find out how to improve livestock production while maintaining the value of the soil and land.

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Stockpiled forages and winter annuals can reduce the need for and cost of hay and other supplemental feed for beef cattle producers in regions with adequate annual rainfall, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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This year’s grazing season was unique no matter where you went. There were areas where they received too much rain at one time, areas where they got perfect amounts of rain throughout the entire season and areas where they needed every drop of rain they could get.

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Healthy cattle require nutrient-rich pastureland on which to graze. Forage health is directly related to soil health. With these relationships in mind, it makes sense for soil management best practices to be in place at your operation. AgAmerica Lending recently explored a few of the top techniques and how they can increase soil fertility and quality, improving and sustaining the overall health of your cattle.

Many farmers are turning to methods like soil remineralization and rotational grazing as ways to reduce the impact of livestock on soil while also improving its quality.

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Throughout my 13-year career, I’ve had the opportunity to consult with many grazing land managers on management decisions.

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Regardless of your regional location in the U.S., stockpiling has a place in pasture management and forage sources for beef producers.

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Beef cow production in much of the western U.S. relies on forage from semiarid perennial grasslands. Efficient use of this resource is crucial to the sustainability of ranching operations.

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