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Heifer reproduction can be hurt by washy spring forage

I found this article online and thought you might think it is important as well.  It fits the d...

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Time to Harvest Hay

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Pasture

If the rain had not hampered many producers, much more hay would have already been harvested in southern Illinois but the next week's weather should be optimal to cut and bale hay.  Producers know that quality goes down as hay matures, but they also know that yield goes up with hay maturity. In striving for more is better, producers often end up with a lot of hay that has very littl...

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Preliminary EPA documents say glyphosate does not cause cancer

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Pasture

As many of you know, I spend a lot of time reading from different sources to keep current.  I came across this article regarding and thought it should be shared...  Recently glyphosate has been in the news; e.g. Quaker Oats is being sued and possible health risks from using the product. By Jacqui Fatka on Feedstuffs website On Monday, the Environmental Protection Ag...

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It’s grass tetany season

The weather is warming, well, minus the periodic snowstorm.  Nevertheless temperatures are beginning to rise which means greening and growing pastures (or very soon) and that means cattlemen need to pay special attention to grass tentany prevention. Grass tetany is known by numerous names - grass staggers, hypomagnesemia, magnesium tetany or wheat/rye pasture poisoning.  Regardless of a...

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Cover crops info at the click of a mouse

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Pasture

Cover crops are receiving much attention from grain and livestock producers.  Cover crops can help reduce soil erosion, increase organic matter, improve early weed control, and provide forage for animals. They can also benefit the public by improving water quality, air quality, and wildlife habitat.  However, choosing the correct cover crop can be daunting.  There are numerous varieties and...

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Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana and Illinois

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Pasture

Weed control is important for everyone involved in farming.  The Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana and Illinois had been published on-line and is available as a PDF download.  There is some information on managing weeds in legumes - pages 144-154 and grass pastures - 155-165....

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Effects of frame-size and time-on-pasture on carcass and beef traits of grass-fed beef

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Pasture

by Taking Stock Contributor By Anne Zinn, ASAS Communications A two-year study appearing in the October issue of the Journal of Animal Science examined the effects of frame size and time-on-pasture (TOP) on carcass composition and tenderness in a forage-based finishing system...

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Learning through visiting cattle farms in Alabama

Hello all, I know several people called last week while I was out; however, I was at a conference in Mobile, Alabama.  The conference had several tours available, but of course I chose to attend "Where's the Beef?".  We toured the following facilities: 1.  Hastings Farm is located between Mobile and Pensacola. The family raises Rotakwa Red Devon cross cattle, which are fed on gras...

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