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Winter supplementation for a cow can account for anywhere between 40 and 60 percent of the annual cost of maintaining the cow. Therefore, producers should plan their winter supplementation strategies during the growing season to allow for more options and to reduce winter feed costs when utilizing bermudagrass pastures.
The traditional burning season for the Southern Great Plains goes from December to April. However, when land managers limit their burn season to these five months, they often find it difficult to implement the number of burns needed to achieve their goals. This is one reason why more and more land managers are conducting growing-season burns, during late spring through early fall months, to meet some of their prescribed burning goals.
Noble Research Institute researchers have been looking at two methods in cow-calf production to extend the grazing season on bermudagrass-based pastures and reduce winter feeding of stored feeds.
Forages contain nutrients that affect individual animal production (gain per animal) while the amount of forage produced affects production per acre.
Intentional beef producers will develop a winter feeding strategy and calving season that reduces the cost of winter feed.
Growing-season prescribed burns offer land managers the opportunity to extend their burning season to manage brush encroachment and improve forage quality.