Articles on forages, animals, and grazing systems
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Extension Forage Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-3358
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Good establishment and management practices should be practiced for success when renovating cool-season pastures. This article covers several tips to review before renovating these pastures.
Should you apply nitrogen to the fields you are going to stockpile fescue for grazing in November or December? In 2015, economic evaluations suggest targeting pastures with the highest fescue content and low legume content for nitrogen application versus fescue-clover stands.
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.
Cereal rye and annual ryegrass can provide valuable grazing opportunities in the fall, early winter, and again next spring. Learn about establishing and managing these grasses in this article.
Cooperators in five KY counties participated in a stockpiled fescue demonstration. Forage yields with nitrogen fertilization averaged 1.7 tons dry matter per acre or enough forage to support 79 animal units (1000 lbs of body weight) grazing for a day. Applying 46 units of actual nitrogen (100 lbs of urea/acre) resulted in 0.6 tons more forage dry matter per acre or 29 more grazing days per acre for an animal unit compared to the area where nitrogen was not applied.