Articles on forages, animals, and grazing systems
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Extension Forage Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-3358
Fax: (859) 323-1952
Fall forage management practices set the stage for forage production next year. Soil testing, application of the appropriate type and amount of fertilizer, and reseeding when necessary can impact forage yields this next grazing.
Fall is the time of year to establish winter annuals to provide grazing this fall and/or next spring. Winter annuals can include crops such as wheat, rye, annual ryegrass, or brassicas.
Several cost share programs are available for assistance in developing your grazing system. These programs include those which can provide financial help in developing the water, fencing, and forage base for grazing livestock.
Using good pasture management practices can help eliminate weeds and unwanted plants in grass pastures and hayfields. To get the most quantity and quality from pastures, use management practices that encourage growth of a vigorous, dense stand of forage grasses and limit germination and growth of unwanted plants.
All but two of Kentucky’s 120 counties, receive county allotments each year from the KY Ag Development Fund to improve agriculture’s diversification effects. Each county board determines the areas eligible for cost share. Areas covered related to grazing could include interior and perimeter fencing, water development, forage establishment and management, and cattle handling and hay storage facilities.
KFGC Field Day
September 13, 2016
September 22, 2016
Fall Grazing Conference
October 19, 2016