Will clipping pasture reduce the incidence of pinkeye?

In last week’s Ohio BEEF Cattle letter, Rory Lewandowski discussed the pros and cons of clipping the seed heads from pasture plants in his article To Clip or Not to Clip. Several questions from readers resulted in regard to whether clipping pastures should be viewed as a method of reducing, or even preventing pinkeye in pastured cattle. Below, Dr. Shulaw, OSU Extension beef and sheep veterinarian, offers his response Continue reading

Pastures – To Clip or Not to Clip?

– Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Educator, Wayne County

As I write this newsletter, we are getting rains and temperatures that are helping pastures to produce a lot of dry matter growth. Along with that growth has come seed head production. Once that grass plant produces a seed head, it stops producing vegetative tillers and the quality of the plant declines as fiber percentage increases, while crude protein and energy percentage decreases. In the “Pasture for Profit” grazing schools, one of the pasture management principles is Continue reading