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Winter Cover Crop Study
Wayne County farmer Jonny Harris noticed long ago that feeding winter cover crops to his cattle improves their diet, his fields and his bottom line. He wanted to show other southeastern Georgia farmers they can reap the same benefits, but he knew he needed more evidence than decades of personal experience.
Here is a picture of poor forage quality. CAES News
Here is a picture of poor forage quality.
Low Forage Quality
Last summer’s rain combined with this winter’s frigid temperatures have left cattle suffering and Georgia cattlemen seeking answers.
Cattle shortage around the country is a reason cattle prices are currently high. CAES News
Cattle shortage around the country is a reason cattle prices are currently high.
High Cattle Prices
Georgia cattlemen are struggling to feed their herds and fighting the affects of poor quality forages. With calf prices at a high, selling off stock may be the best option, says one University of Georgia expert.
A herd of cattle graze in a research field on the University of Georgia campus in Athens. CAES News
A herd of cattle graze in a research field on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.
Hay Quality
Poor hay quality due to last year’s increased rainfall, has Georgia cattle farmers searching for alternative ways to supplement the hay they feed their herd.
Beef cattle graze on a pasture on the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville, Ga. CAES News
Beef cattle graze on a pasture on the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville, Ga.
Toxic Forage
When the first frost hits, beef producers should be concerned for grazing cattle if the field contains johnsongrass. Cattle may suffer from prussic acid poisoning caused by this grass.
Dennis Hancock, a forage Extension specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Athens, speaks to an Expo attendee on the first day of the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie on Tuesday, Oct. 15. CAES News
Dennis Hancock, a forage Extension specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Athens, speaks to an Expo attendee on the first day of the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Sunbelt Expo
Thousands of high school and college students visited the University of Georgia building at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga. last week.
Hay bales outline a field in Butts County, Georgia. CAES News
Hay bales outline a field in Butts County, Georgia.
Hay Grades
When it comes to feeding hay to animals, not all hay is the same. Farmers who grow hay, and those who buy hay for their livestock, rely on a grading system called the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) index to guide them on which hay to buy.
A farmer uses his tractor to bushhog a pasture in Butts County, Ga. CAES News
A farmer uses his tractor to bushhog a pasture in Butts County, Ga.
Pasture weeds
From observations out in the field this summer, I would say the most persistent weeds farmers face in pastures and hayfields are horsenettle, crabgrass and Johnsongrass. These three plants are persistent by nature and may prove difficult to control.
Beef cattle prices are high now and reached historic highs earlier this year. Facing drought and feed shortage, though, southeastern cattle producers still must make tough decisions when it comes to their financial bottom lines and keeping herds healthy. The Southeast Cattle Advisor website was developed by cattle experts with the University of Georgia, Auburn University, University of Florida and Clemson University to be a one-stop shop for cattle producers to get information on how to best manage their risk. CAES News
Beef cattle prices are high now and reached historic highs earlier this year. Facing drought and feed shortage, though, southeastern cattle producers still must make tough decisions when it comes to their financial bottom lines and keeping herds healthy. The Southeast Cattle Advisor website was developed by cattle experts with the University of Georgia, Auburn University, University of Florida and Clemson University to be a one-stop shop for cattle producers to get information on how to best manage their risk.
Master Cattlemen
University of Georgia Extension will offer the Master Cattlemen’s Program this fall in Jackson County. The program will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 22 and ending Oct. 10.
Hay bales outline a field in Butts County, Georgia. CAES News
Hay bales outline a field in Butts County, Georgia.
Hay field day
The Middle Georgia Hay Field Day will be held on Aug. 6, 2013 at County Line Farm in Lamar County. Hosted by the Upson County and Lamar County Extension Offices, the field day will begin at 9 a.m. at the farm site located at 1693 Ramah Church Road in Culloden, Ga.