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
As summer comes to an end and weather conditions change, so does pasture management. This article covers several tips for managing pastures and cattle as the growing season comes to a close.
Water quality can impact the performance of a cattle herd. Cattle perform better when they have clean water rather than muddy and stagnant water often found in ponds on many Kentucky farms. Simple systems exist to provide cattle better quality water from ponds without spending much money.
The National Cooperative Soil Survey is a website that allows a producer to answer the question of “how many animals can I have” and identify soil types for areas within fields of a farm. This website can help identify fields which may be higher yielding and give an estimated average forage yield based on soil type.
When needing additional pasture in the late fall, a producer can plant spring oats as a quick growing source of forage. Spring oats can be grazed about 60 days after emergence, but usually does not survive the winter. Spring oats are high quality and can be used for grazing, hay, or silage.
Knowing the fertility and pH of a pasture in the fall gives one time to get fertilizer applied well before grasses start to grow in the spring. To determine fertilizer and lime needs of pasture land, soils should be sampled properly every 3 to 4 years and fertilizer and/or lime applied based on recommendations.
Mountain Ag Week
UK Robinson, Jackson, KY
September 22–27, 2014
Big Springs Farm Pasture Walk
October 17, 2014
15th KY Grazing Conference
Bowling Green, KY
October 23, 2014