Daily Archives: May 11, 2018

BeefTalk: Pasturing – Get it Right

BeefTalk: Pasturing – Get it Right

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension

Pastures and cattle seem synonymous, co-dependent. Pasturing is a product of domestication, the need to keep cattle in a desired area and properly engage cattle with plants. To the bystander, pasturing may seem like a cumbersome human activity, building fences, developing water stations and imaginative gates.

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Time for pasture weed control

Time for pasture weed control


Now is an excellent time to make choices about managing weeds in pastures. Before applying herbicides for chemical control you first need to answer the question, “Why do I have weeds in my pasture?” If a management issue such as overstocking, spot grazing, low grass vigor or something else is causing the increase in weed numbers, then weeds are symptoms, not the real root of the problem. Managing for improved grass vigor through better soil fertility and grazing at the proper time and intensity can greatly reduce most weed issues, particularly annual weeds.

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A Glimpse Into South African Beef Production

A Glimpse Into South African Beef Production

Julie Walker


Traveling outside the USA creates an opportunity for individuals to compare and evaluate agricultural production practices. Recently, I had the opportunity to see and learn about the beef industry in South Africa.

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Fertilizing bermudagrass pastures

Fertilizing bermudagrass pastures

Eddie Funderburg

Hay and Forage Magazine

Many factors should be considered when determining how much, if any, fertilizer to apply to bermudagrass pastures. In the Southern Great Plains, here are some of the things that we take into consideration. You might have additional considerations in your area.

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Ideas for Mob Grazing Paddock Design

Ideas for Mob Grazing Paddock Design

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

When Jay and Krista Reiser couldn’t find the answers they needed about the possibilities of mob grazing on large landscapes like their 2700 North Dakota ranch, they decided to try it for themselves and share the information with the rest of us.

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Time to evaluate hair shedding on cattle

Time to evaluate hair shedding on cattle

Western Livestock Journal

May is a good time to score your cow herd for hair shedding, according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Hair shedding is around 0.35 percent heritable. That means you can select cattle that shed off more quickly than others,” said Cole.

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How Good Accounting Practices Aid Decision Making

How Good Accounting Practices Aid Decision Making

Austin Duerfeldt

University of Nebraska

It was 2011. I was hired as an accountant to review a farm operation and its various operations: corn, soybeans, dairy, beef, hogs, and chickens. Corn and soybean prices were setting record highs every day it seemed. The livestock markets also were doing well. For the given economic climate the farm operation review should have been relatively straightforward. Unfortunately, I found that not to be the case.

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