Slobbers in Horses

Slobbers in Horses Information taken from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at:http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/facts/info_slobbers.htm Horses on pasture will sometimes start salivating profusely in a cool, wet spring or fall.  Affected horses commonly show no abnormal clinical signs except the profuse frothy salivation, which is not life threatening though of concern to horse owners. […]

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Interseeding Legumes versus Applying Nitrogen Fertilizer

Interseeding Legumes versus Applying Nitrogen Fertilizer by Ken Barnett1 Introduction The legume and grass content of a grazed pasture changes over time. This occurs due to a cycling of the grass and legume portions of the pasture. When grasses do better, the competition reduces the legume content. When the legume content and its nitrogen contribution to […]

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Managing Drought Stressed Pastures

Managing Drought Stressed Pastures by Dennis Cosgrove1 Summer drought will likely mean reduced pasture and may increase producers’ need for hay. Late summer and fall rains provide some late-season forage growth but proper management is important in order to make the most of this moisture. The best way to benefit from the fall rains is to […]

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Nitrogen Management in Rotationally Grazed Pastures

Nitrogen Management in Rotationally Grazed Pastures by Dr. Dennis Cosgrove Forage Extension Specialist University of Wisconsin – River Falls Introduction Split nitrogen applications have long been recommended on rotationally grazed pastures. Nitrogen applications in excess of approximately 50 units per acre for a single application are not utilized by pasture growth. One-half ton of pasture forage (a […]

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Fertilizer Management of Pastures

Fertilizer Managment of Pastures by Ken Barnett1 Introduction Whether or not to apply fertilizers to pastures to increase production raises questions that graziers need to ask. Some of these questions are 1) what are the production needs for the animals grazed; 2) when are the forages needed in the grazing season; 3) what species are present; […]

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Seed Inoculation Reminders for Forage Legumes

Seed Inoculation Reminders for Forage Legumes by Rhonda R. Gildersleeve1 Introduction Legumes play a significant role in the production of high quality forages and pastures. As members of the Fabaceae or Pea Family, legumes have a unique place in agriculture because they serve as a symbiotic host for rhizobia bacteria, which fix nitrogen (N) from the […]

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Grazing Stockpiled Forage

Grazing Stockpiled Forage by Dan Undersander, Forage Agronomist University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Many pastures will have accumulated forage this fall due to the generally good late season rainfall and temperature patterns.  Accumulated or stockpiled forage can be an excellent source of forage for animals.  Fall stockpiled forage is brown but is high quality since it is […]

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Diurnal Variation in Forage Quality Affects Animal Preference and Production

Diurnal Variation in Forage Quality Affects AnimalPreference and Production H.F. Mayland, USDA-ARS, 3793 N 3600 E, Kimberly, ID 83341email: mayland@kimberly.ars.pn.usbr.gov  phone: 208-423-6517G.E. Shewmaker, Univ. Idaho, Twin Falls, ID 83303-1827D.S. Fisher, USDA-ARS, Watkinsville, GA 30677-2373, andJ.C. Burns, USDA-ARS, Raleigh, NC 27695-7620 Introduction In 1993, we began to evaluate animal grazing preferences among eight tall fescue cultivars, including HiMag which had […]

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Useful Beef Grazing Resources

Useful Beef Grazing Resources by Rhonda R. Gildersleeve1 Listed below are a few of the many web-based resources and print materials on pasture management, managed grazing systems and related production information for Wisconsin beef producers. Wisconsin & Midwest University of Wisconsin websites: Wisconsin Beef Information Center (WBIC): http://fyi.uwex.edu/wbic/ UW-Madison Animal Sciences Extension: http://fyi.uwex.edu/animalsciences/ UW Center for Integrated […]

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Stockpiling Pastures

Stockpiling Pastures by Laura Paine1 and Ken Barnett2 Introduction The concept of stockpiling is simple. Rather than cutting, drying, and storing hay to feed in winter, you grow pasture forage until frost and let the animals harvest their own feed as late into winter as weather conditions allow. Most classes of livestock can graze through up to 8 […]

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