November 8, 2017

Recently, a panel of range and pasture experts offered four steps they're advising pasture managers to implement this spring.

1. Manage grazing - conservatively

               Grasses stressed by months or years of drought, and, in many cases, overgrazing, will have weak...

Assisting a cow with her calf is much nicer when the weather is pleasant — and matching calving season with the onset of green grass makes you more money, too.

“When you can line up that reproductive cycle with the grass production cycle, that’s huge,” said Jim Bauer, a...

January 20, 2017

For optimum energy utilization, the cows' reproductive cycle should coincide with the grass production cycle

A study from the United Kingdom shows that calving or lambing outside of the seasonal cycle of pasture production can increase costs by up to 75% over spring cal...

Introduction

Frost seeding is an economical method of improving pasture and hay fields by broadcasting the seed on frozen ground. As the ground freezes and thaws, it opens and closes allowing the seed to be incorporated into the soil. This keeps the seed from germinatin...

August 29, 2016

Photo Credit: Lee Gunderson

If we focus on profit per acre, there will be a tendency to seek the right-sized cow for our environment and best practices for economic efficiency and profitability.

Last month, I discussed three profit driving ratios – cows per person, acres...

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