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
A severe type of pneumonia, often resulting in death, can result from the ingestion of the leaves and seeds of perilla mint. The time of year when perilla mint reaches the seed stage often corresponds to periods when pasture is scarce, enticing cattle to consume plants they normally avoid. The flowering or seed parts of perilla mint contain the highest concentration of perilla ketone, considered the most toxic agent involved.
With the hot summer weather now in full swing, remember to review your grazing program to reduce heat stress and provide adequate forage for your cattle.
Location of a watering source in a grazing system is critical. Watering sources can influence grazing, compaction, and manure/nutrient deposition patterns. Tire waterers located in a central location can be used to provide water to many paddocks in a grazing system.
Stockpiled fescue is an option to provide quality grazing during the early winter period when forages are not actively growing. To take advantage of this practice, a field needs to be selected in August and not grazed again until November or December.
KFGC Field Day
September 13, 2016
September 22, 2016
Fall Grazing Conference
October 19, 2016