Ag News and Views: June 1999
It is the time of year when most winter pasture stockers have been, or soon will be, sold. It (1998-99) was a good year. Pasture and cattle performance (ADG or average daily gain) across much of our service area was the best in several years.
This article discusses some of the basic information about these varieties, focusing on those that are adapted to The Noble Research Institute service region. Effort was devoted to making sure all regionally adapted varieties were included, however some varieties may have been inadvertently omitted.
Stress comes in many forms including weather (rain, snow and wind), weaning, processing and shipment. Though some stress may be necessary for the production and marketing of cattle, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the impact on the animal.
Now is the time to start thinking about forage management for next fall and winter. Whenever winter forage management is discussed, most people think of feeding hay or utilizing small grain pasture. Have you ever considered using bermudagrass as dry-standing forage from late November though January? In most years, when conditions are right it can easily be done.