Winter Livestock Care and Forage Management

In case you missed it last night…

Every other Thursday evening you can find a group of forage and livestock producers and enthusiasts chatting it up on Twitter. It’s like a meeting at the coffee shop, only we’re spread out from one end of the country to the next: Canada to Texas and New Hampshire to Washington. I have a great time conversing with this crowd and swapping management ideas. When moderating I usually try to ask a few questions that will stimulate some thought and maybe kindle some new connections in the agriculture world.

Here’s the archive from last night’s conversation. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Winter Livestock Care and Forage Management
Q1 How are you faring the winter weather so far? Are abnormal weather patterns affecting area operations?

Q2 How are you managing forages, other supplements to stretch hay supplies?
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Q3 What methods are used for feeding hay in your region? How do you minimize pasture damage?
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Q4 Do you monitor livestock body condition during winter? What are your biggest challenges maintaining weight?
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Q5 What methods do you use to prepare livestock for winter storms? (via @PNWrancher)

Q6 How can I start planning now for changes to forage, grazing management in 2012?
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Q7 Even in the middle of winter we can begin planning pasture renovations. Do you have any improvements planned?

Q8 We’re a month into 2012. How are your resolutions holding out? What do you plan to improve on this year?

Q9 The Cattle Industry Convention is in Nashville next week. Will you be attending any conferences in the next few months?

You can follow the conversation on your Twitter account by following the #HayTalk hashtag. If you’re not on Twitter, you can log onto www.TweetChat.com, search for “haytalk” and view the conversation without participating.

Conversations are every other Thursday at 9p.m. Eastern. Next meeting February 9th.

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2 Comments

  1. This (almost) makes me wish we were on Twitter. We’re lucky it’s been a mild winter; we planted rye grass and planned one round bale of bermuda grass hay per week for every 15 head to last us through March (we’re in Texas soutwest of Houston). It’s worked so far; we’re hopful we’ll get more rain as the winter progresses. We store our round bales in a barn and feed it using hay rings that me move around the pasture, so our forage loss is minimal as long as the hay rings hold out.

    We plan to plant jiggs bermuda in an improved field sometime in early spring if we keep getting rain. Jiggs will perform better in the ongoing drought than the previous hay crop of Johnson grass.

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