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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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Brush and tree removal can be a costly tool for opening grazing options, while one sweep of a wildfire can solve the problem in a day.

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In the March issue, Hugh Aljoe discussed the importance of using a strategic grazing plan to accomplish forage and livestock production goals.

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This spring Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska have all experienced devastating wildfires. Unfortunately, wildfires in the Midwest will always be a threat. When these disasters hit, what options do producers have for maintaining cows when forage resources suddenly become tight?

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The economic basis for cow-calf production is growing grass and using cows to harvest the grass. Feed costs are typically the largest component of annual cow costs in cow-calf operations. Total feed cost includes grazing cost, harvested forage and purchased supplemental feed.

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In the broadest sense, stocker cattle are animals to which producers can add value. Most often, the term “stocker cattle” refers to 300- to 900-pound calves grazed on pastures after being weaned.

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Kentucky was covered mostly by trees, briars, broadleaf weeds and very little forage when the original cultivar of tall fescue, Kentucky 31, was commercially released in 1943.

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