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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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As a beef producer, you have been instructed many times to body condition score (BCS) your cow herd.

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Rough-coated cattle loafing in the shade, wading in the pond or making a muddy mess at the water trough are common drive-by indications of fescue toxicity in the “fescue belt.”

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Many people think there is something magical about moving animals from paddock to paddock that makes animals perform well and keeps grass healthy. But both faster improvements and more spectacular disasters are possible with more, smaller paddocks per herd.

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As beef producers you are often instructed to have a plan: a grazing plan, marketing plan, succession plan, nutrition plan – you name it, there’s probably a recommendation to plan for it. But have you ever thought of adding a drought plan to your list?

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A December 2015 Ag News and Views article titled “Review of grazing practices could benefit wildlife” elicited several inquiries for more details about grazing management for wildlife.

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Spring rain in Oklahoma has allowed cool-season forages to grow in abundance. Harvesting and baling cool-season crops such as fescue and wheat hay is a challenge during a wet spring. The timing of the rains can make it difficult for cattlemen who are trying hard to put quality hay in the bale for next winter’s feed supply.

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