A tough drought is forcing many U.S. beef producers to scramble this fall to find alternative sources of winter beef cattle feed, as hay has become rare and/or prohibitively expensive. One potential source is cornstalk grazing, which researchers say can save over $1/day/cow compared to feeding expensive hay.
Concerned about having enough forages to get through the 2015 summer grazing season? Many producers are considering semi-confinement, or “intensification,” for their herds. Here are four tips for successfully dry-lotting beef cattle....More
Do cover crops pencil out? What should I plant in my irrigated pastures? Should I plant companion crops in new alfalfa stands? The third installment in April’s Grazing Series asks and answers these three questions....More
Cattle nutrition has been the focus of the latest BEEF Daily and Greeley Hat Works photo contest. The theme is “Bellied up to the feedbunk,” and it’s time to announce the 15 finalists. Readers can now vote for their favorite photograph, with the top two vote-getters earning a $300 Greeley Hat Works hat....More
"With no more yield potential to gain and fairly dry grain, consider harvesting corn early to get some stalks and provide respite for your pastures," advises Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln forage specialist....More
A new survey shows that cover crop usage by farmers is on the upswing. The survey is the work of the Conservation and Technology Information Center and USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program....More