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Quality of Winter Forage for Grass-fed Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  Feeding hay in the winter is in many parts a reality in the Northeast. You will hear often these days that the best way to deal with hay in a grass-fed operation is to rid yourself of hay feeding and graze stockpiled forage instead. In my view it is true that extending the grazing season is … Read More

Rest is Not a 4-Letter Word

Timing for Pasture Recovery– Part 1 The biggest mistake people make in grazing management is providing too short a recovery period for plants after grazing. Of course too much rest isn’t good either. In drier environments excluding animals from a pasture long after it has recovered will lead to reduced productivity, dead grass and bare … Read More

Low-Cost Seeding Methods for Improving Pastures and Haylands 

by Rich Taber and Ken Smith Methods to improve old unproductive pastures and hayfields that are both effective and economical are a common challenge for farmers, and especially so for new and beginning farmers.  The time and cost for re-seeding includes multiple passes of tractors and tillage machinery including plowing, disk harrowing, spring tooth harrowing, rock picking, planting, and packing to establish a new planting, far more … Read More

Incorporating Forage Brassicas into a Grazing System

Planting brassicas in your pasture provides more than just high quality forage. Dr. Leanne Dillard Forage brassicas are annuals that can be utilized as pasture during the spring, summer,and fall grazing seasons.  Forage brassicas include varieties of rapeseed (rape), radish, turnip,swede, kale, and hybrids. They are quick maturing and can be grazed 60 to 120 days … Read More

Sheep Pasture: White Clover

by Ulf Kintzel As announced in my last column about orchard grass as my preferred grass species in my sheep pasture, this issue I will talk about my preference for legumes. In my view, having legumes in your pasture is essential for a sustainable pasture-based sheep operation. It reduces the need for nitrogen fertilizer greatly … Read More

Learn better grazing methods for health and profit

Grazing Management (BF 231) Improve Your Triple Bottom Line Through Better Grazing an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Thurs. March 17 – April 21, 2016, with webinars each Thurs evening from 6:30-8pm Grazing means more than simply turning livestock out onto a green area and hoping for the best. With planning and … Read More

Nitrogen Cycling in Pastures

Follow nitrogen as it moves its way around a pasture.  by Nancy Glazier I was recently asked about the copious amounts of white clover in a pasture as the farmers were concerned about bloat risk with their sheep. She and her family had done some research and came up with differing opinions regarding management. I … Read More

Planting a Small Silvopasture to Benefit Farm and Livestock

If you have an overgrown woodlot, a strong back, a chainsaw, a small tractor with a mower, a pile of grass and clover seed, and a rake, then you can start establishing a small silvopasture on your land. To help you think about getting started, I will describe my own experience with planting a small-scale … Read More

For Rent: Cheap Grazing Land?

With over 3 million idle acres in NY , maybe there’s some out there for you. by Nancy Glazier Undeveloped rural land in New York is generally classified into three categories: active agricultural, forest, or idle. Over 3 million acres of vacant land lay idle, waiting for an opportunity. Not all of this land should … Read More

New York Dairy Farm Business Summary for 2014

by Richard Kimmich Each year, the Cornell Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis (DFBS) Program analyzes data from dairy farms across the state and provides the participating farmers with information to assist in improving the financial management of their business. This data is also summarized across the state and publications are generated for different aspects … Read More

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