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Forages/Pastures


Dryland Pasture Management


Irrigated Pasture Management

Irrigated Pastures for Livestock in Yakima County

Forage Production Goals: A well-managed irrigated pasture can supply most of the nutritional requirements of grazing animals.  Managed irrigated pasture is high in digestible nutrients.  Livestock animals harvest the crop so limited labor is required…

 

Drought Management

Timothy Hay-Drought Advisory

An introduced cool-season grass, timothy is very winter hardy but lacks heat and drought hardiness compared to many other hay grasses, mainly because of shallow, fibrous roots. Like other C3 (cool- season) grasses grown in…

Oat Hay and Straw

The annual cereal crop, common oat (Avena sativa, a hexaploid crop with n=42 chromosomes; hull colors ranging from white to black), is widely grown as grain for horses and young cattle and hay for many…

Drought Cattle Management

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the problem of drought – when the soil doesn’t receive rain, or otherwise get wetted, plants can’t grow. When plants can’t grow, cattle can’t graze. Cattlemen who,…

 

Animal Issues

Livestock Management and Water Quality

Introduction Grazing livestock produce a waste product – manure and urine – containing water, urea (ammonia), organic matter, nitrate, and bacteria.  Some of the components of manure inevitably end up in surface water. There are…

Selected Poisonous Plants of the Pacific Northwest

The PNW abounds with a huge variety of native and imported plants. Unfortunately, some of these plants are toxic to livestock. Signs of toxicity can range from as mild as brief indigestion to as severe…

Pasture Management and Problems While Grazing

Forage crops provide 54 percent of the feed consumed by livestock in the United States. Pastures furnish 36 percent, harvested forages contribute 18 percent and the balance of livestock feed is obtained from concentrate feed…

 

Winter Grazing

Stockpiling for Winter Grazing

*Presented at the 2003 Washington State Graziers’ Conference; October 30, 2003 As the cost of producing hay continues to escalate, the importance of extending the grazing season also increases. Data from several states all indicate…

Stockpiling Forages

Stockpiling refers to the practice of selecting certain pastures in the late summer where forages are saved or stockpiled for grazing at a later time. These pastures are then managed with the intent of using…