O’Dell G. "Dan" Daniel, Educator, Leader passes
Athens Banner Herald
Dr. O. G. (Dan) Daniel passed away at his home on May 18, 2017. He served as Associate Professor of Animal Science and then Dean of Agriculture at Panhandle A&M College in Goodwill, Oklahoma. In 1958, he was appointed head of the University of Georgia Extension Animal Science Department and retired as Chairman of the Division of Animal Science at the University of Georgia in 1981.
According to conventional wisdom, managers of grazing lands should err on the side of conservatism. Many also find comfort in applying some kind of formula for determining stocking rate. Range Scientist Justin Derner thinks that’s why so many managers stock their ranges and pastures according to what he calls a “traditional” method.
The value of a good veterinarian-producer relationship
Joe C. Paschal
Since the recently enacted changes in the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules, there is renewed interest in creating or improving the producer’s relationship with their veterinarian, which is surprising to me at least – I usually have a good relationship with my cattle vet.
How often should you move your cattle?
It seems that in the last decade many cattle farmers have steadily increased the intensity of cattle moves, some moving multiple times each day. While moving cattle more frequently is generally beneficial to pasture growth as well as increased utilization, it also comes with a cost.
How to Identify Your Pasture Grasses
A number of On Pasture readers have asked for help identifying what they’ve got growing in their pastures. Finding resources for all of you is a little challenging because you’re all over the globe, and while there are some similarities, there are also a lot of differences. With that in mind, here are some resources you can check out to get you started. And remember, identifying grasses in particular is not an easy thing. So if you have a local expert, do give him or her a call.
Dietterle, Harper purchase Faith Livestock after Vance family operates it for 57 years
Tri State Livestock News
Gary Vance has seen some ranches add 200 pounds to their calf weights. It didn’t happen overnight, but neither did the success of Faith Livestock Commission Company under the Vance family’s watch care. After 57 years in the auction business, the Vance family of Faith, South Dakota, will hand the reins to two fresh faces – Mason Dietterle of Meadow, South Dakota and Dace Harper of Faith.
The fungus that keeps on giving
Beef and fungi go together long before they can be steak and mushrooms on a plate. If truth be told, efficient beef production is utterly dependent on an organism known as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) because 90% or more of all forage plants can’t really survive, and certainly cannot thrive, without this curious symbiotic organism. Put simply, your grass needs fungus.
Speed Up Hay Drying Time with Properly Adjusted Conditioning Rolls
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
While some first cutting has taken place in the southern areas of Pennsylvania, there still remains a large amount of forage that has yet to be cut. With first cutting, we try to encourage timely harvest so producers can maximize forage quality, while setting up a good schedule for future cuttings. The problem is that often times, our weather patterns don’t cooperate and we don’t get those sunny, hot days that dry hay well.
Online tool connects cover crop farmers, cattle producers
Farmers with cover crops have land to graze. Ranchers have cattle with nowhere to go. Now the two have a way to connect and work out a grazing lease.
Challenges of Fescue Forages
Fescue toxicity is the costliest grass-related disease in the United States. Cattle consuming endophyte-infected fescue experience production losses exceeding $600 million per year. Fescue is commonly grown throughout the mid-western and southern United States and accounts for over 40 million acres of forage land.