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Pastures

Information regarding plants, animals and the management of pastures.

Plants

Grazing alfalfa is not a new practice. Alfalfa has been grazed alone or in mixtures with grasses and other legumes since its introduction into the United States.

Several strategies can be employed to supply forage into the fall or early winter.

Animals

Learn about the management of pastures for animals.

To minimize feed costs, it is important to keep horses healthy and feed them a balanced ration that meets their nutritional needs.

Management

A well-managed pasture program can be the most economical way to provide forage to ruminant animals.

Even if snow still covers your pastures, it is time to think about readying your pastures for spring. Spring is always a busy season on the farm, so now is a good time to develop a plan. Here are some spring jobs to consider.

In order to ensure that your pastures will be as productive as they can be, you need to start thinking about them now, way in advance of the freezing weather and first snowfall.

Rotating alfalfa to corn has many economical advantages.

Additional information pertaining to pastures can be found on the Forage Information System (FIS) website.

Ultra-high stocking density (UHSD) grazing, sometimes referred to as “mob grazing”, is characterized by: high stocking density (units bodyweight/units area; 500,000 + lb/ac), small paddock size, mature forage, short grazing durations, and long forage recovery times (90 to 180 days).