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Habitat includes food, water, shelter, space and the arrangement of these components, though land managers and popular press most popularly discuss food. Food can easily be managed, and many times the focus is only on food plots and feeders. Native vegetation can take a back seat to these intensive management practices, but people should be aware how to manage existing native vegetation to provide a high quality diet.
Whether you are buying, selling or just producing hay for personal use, testing is an invaluable tool. Forage testing is also a large part of another tool that seems to be becoming a thing of the past: the local hay show.
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.
Stockpiling defers a forage from grazing to allow it to accumulate forage mass for grazing during fall and winter.
The Noble Research Institute will host a Beef Quality Assurance Certification seminar from 1:30-5 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Noble Research Institute Kruse Auditorium.