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The Cattle Connection

The cattlemen's connection to timely topics, current research, and profitable management strategies
tall fescue

Fescue toxicosis

Posted by Travis Meteer - Grazing

Wet, cool spring conditions have been a hassle for planting corn and soybeans, yet cool season grasses have been thriving under these conditions. Many meadows and pastures have seen significant growth and thus there is adequate forage for cattle on pasture. Most of the cool season grasses have reached maturity and have put on seed heads. Fescue is a cool-season grass that needs attentio...

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Cost associated with being hay happy

Posted by Travis Meteer - Hay

Pastures have really matured in the last week. Seed heads are prevalent in most pastures and stems are starting to show in some of the grazed paddocks. As a result of the fast growth and quick show of seed heads, I foresee many producers haying pastures to: 1- reset the growth cycle and 2- replenish low hay inventories. Taking hay off of pastures is not free. For each ton of dry hay rem...

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Seed Heads Fescue- 5 10 13

Keep fast-growing grass vegetative

Posted by Travis Meteer - Grazing

Grass has been green for some time now, but cool temperatures hampered early growth. With a couple of warm days this past week, the grass has finally begun to take off. The quick spring growth is the plants effort to get to its reproductive state. When the plant becomes reproductive (produces seeds) the mission is accomplished and growth slows. Palatability and quality also decline as the plant...

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May 1 2013 turnout

Cows on grass at the Orr Beef Research Center

Cows where turned out to grass on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The average forage height is 10" and the average percent DM (Dry Matter) is 23%. Some paddocks were as low as 18% DM. We are supplementing a dry mix of soyhulls and ground corn cobs to some of the cows to see if this supplement helps them reach DM and nutrient requirements....

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