“Every 30 days of grazing stockpiled forage is nearly equivalent to increasing your calving rate by 8-10%.”
With that quote from Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia Extension forage agronomist, Contributing Editor Wes Ishmael kicks off his piece on stockpiled forage. In “Stockpiled Savings,” Ishmael details how nurturing and saving new forage growth for winter feed can decrease winter feed and labor costs.
“What we're really after is being able to optimize the capability of that animal.”
While the DNA revolution has lots of potential applications on the ranch, it's harder to make it work in a feedyard. But, that's changing, writes Senior Editor Burt Rutherford. In “Marker-assisted Feeding,” he details how Cargill Cattle Feeders uses DNA markers for marbling to sort all its feeder cattle into outcome groups.
“Whether you're interested strictly in pounds of gain per acre or blending cattle with wildlife conservation, rugged areas of the Southwest and other regions present opportunities to do both.”
In “Brush Sculpting,” Larry Stalcup details how the art of planned, selective control of brush can carve out good grazing on marginal land and enhance wildlife habitat. In fact, specialists say whitetail deer management may benefit most from selective brush sculpting that increases the diversity of forbs and quality browse while maintaining sufficient screening and escape cover.