Managing Pastures for Horses and Mud

Managing Pastures for Horses and Mud

Living in mud creates an unhealthy environment for a horse. Mud harbors bacteria and fungal organisms which cause diseases such as abscesses, scratches, rain scald, and thrush. Mud is also a breeding ground for insects, especially filth flies. Insects are annoying at...

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Cowboy Math – Acres per Paddock

Cowboy Math – Acres per Paddock

This table assumes 5 inches of growth at turn in and good to excellent forage weighing 300 pounds per acre inch.  Livestock numbers are based on 1,000-pound animals with a calf up to 300 pounds.  Consumption rate is based on an average of 2.6 percent of body weight...

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Reasons for Rotational Grazing

Reasons for Rotational Grazing

Livestock Calmer livestock– having control of animals is a huge part of overall management. Reduced hay fed– a 12 paddock system vs. continuous resulted in 31% less hay fed Carrying capacity is increased– typically moving from a monthly rotation to a weekly rotation...

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Indicator Plants

Indicator Plants

  Indicator Plants are plants that, by their presence or abundance, provide an assessment of the quality of the site. Past soil management has a dramatic effect on the plant community and the plant community doesn’t change quickly so some indicator plants may...

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Silvopasture

Silvopasture

Pasture to Silvopasture Silvopasture Plan  Goal: Managing timber and grass to the advantage of both.   Light Management and Tree Planting:   Harvest salable timber or perform hack and squirt technique to remove low grade trees providing light for...

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Timely Tips – January

Timely Tips – January

It is hard to believe but it’s time to order seed for frost seeding in February.  Producers should inventory fields and determine legumes and grass needed.   Seed that are suited well to frost seeding: red clover, white clover and annual lespedeza (on thin less...

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Timely Tips – January – Forage

Timely Tips – January – Forage

Planning: Winter is a great time to reflect on our management this past year and what changes we plan for the upcoming year.  Stocking rate, feeding, sacrifice area, culling, grazing management, seeding, etc. Stocking rate has the biggest impact on resource management...

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Fertilizing and Nutrient Cycling in Pastures

Fertilizing and Nutrient Cycling in Pastures

As I drive across the state I see a lot of broomsedge an indicator plant of low fertility. However it is not always lime that is lacking.  It is often times P2O5 or even K2O.  Bottom-line is take a soil test, even if you don’t plan to apply nutrients now. A soil test...

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Timely Tips August – Cool Season Planting Mixes

Timely Tips August – Cool Season Planting Mixes

Good to have rain over most of the state.  It is time to start planning for winter: seeding, stockpiling and managing grass for the transition of seasons.  The normal recommended seeding date for most cool season forages is August 15 to October 1.  Yes, I think it is...

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Dealing With Drought

Dealing With Drought

During droughts it is tempting to graze all pastures and to graze them short, however,  short grazed pastures provide almost no feed and leaves many plants dead and others in such a weakened condition that they cannot respond well when conditions return.  In the long...

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Alternatives to Help Stretch Forage Supplies

Alternatives to Help Stretch Forage Supplies

Maintain a 3” minimum grazing height   Inventory Animal Demand and Forage Supply Animal demand per 1,000 lb cow is roughly 20 -30 pounds of forage per day, 750 - 900 pounds forage/month or 9,000 - 10,800/year demand will be somewhat less for non-lactating animals and...

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Heavy Use Areas

17Nov 2001   SoilsTypes & Uses Grassed – use in areas where traffic can be managed to maintain vegetative cover, grass species which are wear resistant and have fast recovery from wear may be used. Geotextile Fabric and Rock – use in areas where vegetation...

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