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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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Forage cost for cow-calf producers has increased dramatically in recent years, in part due to fewer acres of forage produced (due to competition from feed grains) and considerable drought throughout the U.S.

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Another drought year ahead or not, adding more forages to the grazing mix helps during the annual summer slump, says a University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.
Rob Kallenbach advocates more alfalfa, although the legume called “the queen of forages” has fallen out of favor with some farmers.

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10. Anticipate muddy or icy conditions

Cattle can do tremendous damage to muddy or frozen wheat/rye pasture by trampling it.

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Fall can be a critical period in the lives of desirable pasture plants. While it is common thought that plants that appear to be dormant can be grazed “to the ground” without hurting anything, perception is far from the truth.

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I constantly encounter ranchers, conservationists and even professional range managers who are more than a bit confused by some grazing semantics.

Particularly by the concepts of overgrazing, overutilization and over-resting.

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Editors note: Click here to read the first of this two part series.

No story of the American West can be told without including a strong sense of place. Is landscape a determinant? What about weather and its much older cousin, climate?

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