Drought

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Proper livestock stocking rate supports operation, wildlife

Overgrazing can cause poor forage and livestock production, wildlife habitat loss, soil erosion and other problems.

Planning for drought in rain promotes future success

There are several management practices that can be implemented to ensure pasture recovery and additional reserves.

Managing Through Drought Conditions

There is a common denominator for producers who cope with drought better than others - they all have active drought management plans.

Monitoring pastures assists sustainable management

To properly manage pastures, variables must be monitored and some measured. In this article, we will discuss what prescribed grazing is and identify the variables critical to managing pastures.

Economic calculations determine acceptable cow price

Since recent droughts have caused a lack of available forage in many areas, the incentive to retain heifers and purchase cows has been very low. Cattle inventory has declined to levels not seen since the 1930s and 1940s, and the value of heifer calves has risen to all-time record highs.

Replacement cow traits affect producer success

Many producers who reduced cow numbers in the recent drought years are considering adding females to their herds again. At current replacement female prices, we have to do everything possible to enable the cows to cover their initial cost over time and to set them up for success.

Hay Feeder Design Can Reduce Hay Waste and Cost

The cost of hay doubled between the spring and late summer. With these increased prices, have you considered the cost of the hay wasted due to the type of hay feeder you use?

Drought Challenges Bring Opportunities

In September 2012 with drought conditions covering much of the nation, there are many challenges for cattle producers in the United States. Grain and feed prices have skyrocketed, hay is in short...

Forage Management Strategies for 2012

The drought of 2011 will likely have negative impacts on our pastures that could last for years to come. In addition, the more your pastures were stressed and overgrazed, the longer it will take them...

Use Moisture Management Strategies to Survive Drought

When the rain falls, here are some tips and strategies that will help you capture and use as much of it as you can.

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