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
Almost all cattle pastures in Kentucky have traditional KY 31 fescue that contains a fungal endophyte that can cause fescue toxicosis. While this may not cause animals to die, weight gain is reduced, especially in stockers. Supplementing with coproducts like soybeans hulls can help increase average daily gain when stockers are grazing.
For many years, claims have been made that aerating pastures improves pasture soil conditions, and increases forage yield. Research at the University of Tennessee compared two different aerating methods to a control, non-aerated area. Their results showed aerating the soil was not beneficial to justify the money spent on fuel, equipment, and labor.
Warm-season annuals can be a valuable forage for summer grazing because they grow when other cool season grasses are not growing. These forages can be very high in quality and yield if managed properly. However, these grasses require different management practices than tall fescue.
The 2015 Advanced KY Grazing School will be held at the Spindletop farm in Lexington, KY on August 17, 2015. Registration fee is $20.00 and the event will begin at 7:30am EDT. Topics will include renovating and establishment of pastures with demonstrations on calibrating equipment, summer grazing options lead by invited speakers from the Southeast, and fall grazing options. The morning program will held in the field at the Agronomy plots.
John Thomas, a beef producer in Madison County, hosted a Grazing for Cash stockpiling fescue demonstration for the Master Grazer Program. Mr. Thomas had not stockpiled fescue in the past and was impressed with the results, and how this practice reduced the amount of hay he had to feed during winter. After computing the expenses with ANR Agent Brandon Sears, Mr. Thomas found that he had saved money by stockpiling fescue.
Kentucky Advanced Grazing School
August 17, 2015
UK Spindletop farm
Advanced Grazing School Brochure
"Lengthening the grazing Season"
East Region Grazing School
September 19, 2015