Fall Grazing Management

Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County

After clipping pastures throughout the growing season and managing pasture rotations to insure that plants are not overgrazed and that there is enough rest period between grazing passes, it can be tempting in the fall to let grazing management slide. There is fall crop harvest and any number of other fall tasks to get done before winter. However, from a plant health standpoint, overgrazing during the fall is more detrimental Continue reading

Transportation Shrink in Beef Cattle

– K. P. Coffey, W. K. Coblentz, J. B. Humphry, and F. K. Brazle (This article was condensed by Steve Boyles, OSU Extension Beef Specialist)

A better understanding of factors affecting shrink should help buyers and sellers of cattle to arrive at a fair pencil shrink under specific marketing conditions.

Types of Shrink. There are two types of shrink. One is Continue reading

Everything Around a Cow’s Tail is Still Beef!

Stan Smith, OSU Extension PA, Fairfield County

Do you remember when nearly everyone had a friend, neighbor or relative who had farm raised eggs, fresh from the farm raised meat, or milk straight from the cooler that you could make ice cream with? What about the days when no one questioned your livestock or crop management practices, didn’t question why you treated sick animals with antibiotics, and simply knew that if you were feeding it to your family, it was equally safe and nutritious for their family?

Unless you’re at least 40 or 50+ years old, perhaps you don’t.

Today is the Continue reading

Last Alfalfa Cutting of the Year

Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Educator, Wayne County and Mark Sulc, OSU Extension Forage Specialist

The cool, wet spring followed by rainy weather well into the summer has delayed hay cutting schedules across much of Ohio. The delayed cutting schedules will likely mean that many fields won’t be ready for a last harvest until we are into the critical fall rest period for alfalfa, considered to be from September 7 to 15 to late October in Ohio. Careful consideration is warranted if Continue reading