SARE grantee, Jeff Liston, argues that grassland management is the key to grazing efficiency for cattle. Read more about his SARE project below.
Source: Iowa Farmer Today, Caitlin Ellingson
AMES — Efficiency and diversity were buzzwords at the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council annual conference Jan. 21-22 at Iowa State University.
Forage producers and industry representatives educated the audience about grazing, cattle production and various grassland topics.
Jeff Liston, of Turtle Rock Angus in Lovilia, brought up the issue of grassland maintenance on cattle production.
Source: Dairyherd Network
Livestock producers, Extension educators, and agribusiness professionals from around the Midwest interested in improving forages and pasture productivity should attend the Heart of America Grazing Conference Jan. 20-21.
The conference will be at the Clarion Hotel, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, Ind. The conference, now in its 13th year, rotates among Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio and features speakers from many states.
Jason Tower, Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center superintendent, said the conference will highlight improved grazing...Read More
William Sexten, a state beef specialist with MU Extension, received a NCR-SARE Research and Education grant to develop a grazing-wedge program at the University of Missouri. Read more about the grazing wedge program and Sexten's work below.
Source: Missouri Farmer Today, Benjamin Herrold
A light rain fell on the rolling hills of Denny Pogue’s pastures on his Phelps County farm. Pogue eased his pickup out across the pasture, checking his first-calf heifers.
It was a gray November day. Pogue, who has a herd of about 85 cows, noted the grass was greener than normal for this time of year,...Read More
The story below features SARE-supported work conducted by William Sexten and a group of researchers and Extension specialists at the University of Missouri. Their findings suggest that delayed grazing can help both cows and pastures, and they recommend delaying turning herds onto pasture until at least a 5-inch growth shows.
Story by: Justin Sexten and Robert Kallenbach
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Turning cow herds out to graze pastures at the first sign of green grass harms forage growth later in the season. But there’s another big reason to wait, says a University of Missouri beef...Read More
NCR-SARE Professional Development Program grant recipient, Tonya Haigh, in association with the National Drought Mitigation Center will be conducting a series of webinars about drought management and planning on ranches. The webinars will occur on a monthly basis, from January through May, 2013.
Each one‐hour session will include a briefing on current drought status, followed by a session on a specific topic or tool related to drought planning. The information that will be presented is meant to be used as a part of a complete ranch drought planning process.
Sheep producer and SARE grantee, Curt Cline, was a featured speaker at the 2012 Buckeye Shepherd's Symposium. Cline received a NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant in 2007 to explore the use of rotational grazing systems to decrease lamb worm loads. He was awarded an NCR-SARE 2012 Farmer Rancher grant to study grazing corn plants as an alternative summer annual forage. Read more about Cline and his SARE grazing projects in the story below.
Source: Farm and Dairy, by Chris Kick
Few Ohio producers have the grazing aspect down as well as Curt Cline, who raises sheep in of Athens...Read More
Source: Adair County MU Extension Center, by Bruce Lane
Montgomery County farmer Harry Cope will talk about how he “moves the feedlot from the barn to the field” at the Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 7-8 at Kirksville Middle School. University of Missouri Extension sponsors the free event.
Cope received an USDA NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant to research skip-row planting techniques with cover crops for sustainable growing. He has been experimenting with interplanting soybeans with corn to provide feed for his cattle and sheep operation on his Missouri Century Farm in Truxton. The crop...Read More
Source: MSU Extension, Mandy Pratt
Michigan State University (MSU) Extension recently received a three-year grant to test the feasibility of a value-added grass-fed beef chain in northwestern Michigan and is seeking interested producers to participate.
The grant is funded by NCR-SARE (LNC12-345). This research will help pave the way from the pasture to the dinner plate and will involve not only the farms but also butchers, chefs and consumers to develop a new sustainable industry for Michigan.
The Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Good Food Charter of the Traverse...Read More