Developing high-performance replacement heifers is critical to Louisiana's cattle industry.
Extending grazing through fall and winter reduces the amount of harvested forage needed to maintain cow performance and could reduce production costs.
Forage brassica crops such as turnip, swede, rape and kale can be used to extend the grazing season in November and December.
With appropriate grazing management and animal health care, there is no need to provide hay to stocker cattle grazing high-quality pastures.
Most beef operations in Louisiana are based on a cow-calf production system. Efficient use of available pasture is critical to the sustainability and economic viability of these operations.Stocking rate and method are managerial factors affecting frequency and height of defoliation of pasture forages.
Bermudagrass is an important warm-season, perennial,sod-forming forage grass grown across the southeastern United States.
Cattle approach their feed in the same way humans do. They don’t like single ingredients; they would rather have a mixed or complex diet.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture