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

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The unrelenting drought is taking its toll on South Texas cattle ranchers who are resorting to a centuries-old emergency method of feeding cattle, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent.

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Feeding costs, especially winter feeding costs, are the largest single obstacle to profitability in the livestock industry.

Raising and grazing your own forages and selling hay (or not buying it) can improve net farm/ranch profit.

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Tall fescue is a cool-season perennial grass that is productive and well adapted to the soils and climate in a region of the U.S. commonly called the “fescue belt.” (See Figure 1.)

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The unique conditions leading into the spring of 2013 may be leading us into even more potential problems.

A dry growing season last summer, combined with poor forage growth in the fall, has left almost no standing forage in many pastures. In short, as we approach spring there is not much out there, and if forecasts are correct conditions for spring growth may not be great either.

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With every storm that blows through, we hope it brings precipitation to fill the soil profile and the ponds. But no … not yet. Maybe it is like the old adage of “a watched pot never boils.”

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“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos.

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