Hugh Aljoe News
The drought conditions have left forage resources for this year's fall and winter in short supply for most producers. Over the last couple of months, calves have been early weaned and cattle herds have been culled heavily, relocated to pasture or completely dispersed.
A grazing stick can be used by cattle producers to help determine proper stocking rates. Chuck Coffey, sr. pasture and range consultant, shows how to use this simple tool to take forage measurements in winter pasture. Hugh Aljoe, consultation program manager, then demonstrates how to use two calculators available on the Noble Research Institute's website to translate field data into carrying capacity and reserve herd days figures. Use of the grazing stick and the online calculators can help ranchers make better stocking rate decisions.
The spring growing season is at hand. Therefore, it is time to develop management plans for our warm season pastures.
There is a common denominator for producers who cope with drought better than others - they all have active drought management plans.
The winter pasture that was planned for last fall may not have developed to expectations or was not planted due to poor moisture conditions going into the fall. What can be planted now to bring about earlier spring pasture?
Alfalfa's value as a hay or feed supplement is well recognized, but its usefulness as a grazing forage is often overlooked.
The window of opportunity to plant summer annual forages is at hand while it is closing for most perennial warm-season forages. It is usually recommended that perennials be planted by mid-May.
The beef cattle industry has several Value Added Calf programs through which beef producers may market calves. The Integrity Beef Alliance is one such program.
Even with the rains during the fall of 2011, much of Oklahoma and Texas is still under drought advisories. Long-term forecasts are not promising for abundant rainfall during the spring or summer of 2012.
There are several "classes" of reserve forages that are available for grazing livestock beginning in September and going forward through winter. It is critical to take inventory of forage reserves now to determine what is on hand and what is expected to be produced.
UHSD grazing is an approach to managing livestock on a land resource area that allows herd impact to be the catalyst for a beneficial outcome.
Now is the time for cattle producers to develop their pasture management plans to achieve the best possible outcomes this year.
There are several management practices that can be implemented to ensure pasture recovery and additional reserves.
The Noble Research Institute's small grains breeding program is the longest running breeding program in the Foundation's history. This ongoing work has produced four new small grains cultivars over the past few years.
It is a good time for producers to inventory forages - including what is going to be harvested and stored as hay (or silage) as well as the production remaining in the pastures that will be grazed.
The intuitive approach to determining stocking rate adjustments uses producers' experience and historical information.
Native grass plantings are of increased interest to producers. The pros relative to introduced perennial pasture grasses are noteworthy.
The adage "you cannot manage what you do not measure" has many applications, including stocking rate or, more accurately, carrying capacity. However, in the management of beef cattle operations, carrying capacity has traditionally received little attention.
In recent years, grazing-type alfalfa varieties have been released, providing opportunities to livestock operations as a low-input, high-return forage, if managed properly; stands typically could last three to five years with good management.
The second in a series on the Agricultural Division's plans to meet current and future agricultural needs.
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