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Preventing Grass Tetany In Cattle

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Unfortunately sometimes the first sign of a grass tetany is finding dead cows in your pasture. Grass Tetany can strike quickly, leaving the animal dead within hours of the onset of symptoms, making detection and treatment that much more difficult. In the battle against grass tetany it’s best to try to prevent it rather than treat it.

The Science of Spring Tetany

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While it may be tempting to let your cattle loose on your lush green pastures, take care to ensure you’re reducing your herd’s risk of grass tetany incidents.

Summer Pasture Management

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Proactively managing your pasture through the summer can help provide quality nutrition for your livestock all season long and next season, too. Let the pasture experts at your local Southern States store help you make sure the grass is always greener on your side.

Fall Pasture Management Checklist

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If desired grasses and legumes have perished due to drought or thinned as a result of normal summer use consider overseeding. Overseeding replenishes the stand of grass and legumes within an existing pasture area.

Spring Pasture Management 'Must Do's'

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Pastures are more than a food source to livestock, in many instances pastures are where the livestock spend their days, exercise and socialize. It’s up to the livestock owner to ensure that pastures provide not only a safe environment for the animals, but also adequate nutrition. For most, pasture management comes to mind during the spring when temperatures start to rise, however if you want to ensure you have productive pastures, proper pasture management practices must be adhered to e

Lower Your Feedcost By Improving Your Forage Quality

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For most cow-calf operations, forage is the primary source of nutrition. Therefore, it is important to provide cattle with the best quality forage available. By paying close attention to the quality of forages, you can ensure healthy, productive animals and minimize the cost of purchasing supplemental feedstuff.

Rotational Grazing

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Rotational grazing allows you to provide fresh pasture to your livestock at all times. Large pastures are sectioned off into smaller parcels using either permanent or temporary fencing. These new smaller pastures are grazed intensively for a short period of time. Animals are then moved to the next pasture that is ready for grazing and the pasture they were moved from is given time off to allow grass to regrow.

Benefits Of Feeding Quality Forage To Beef Cattle

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The first step in creating a quality pasture is to select grasses and legumes that will thrive in your soil & environment. Grasses known to produce quality forage are fescue, orchardgrass, timothy, ryegrass, and bermudagrass.

Fence & Gate Repair

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Nothing lasts forever. Fences and gates are no different. As the gateway to your herd and the border that keeps them contained, gates and fences put up with a lot. As time ticks by wires begin to sag due to curious livestock or posts begin to naturally lean or degrade due to weather and temperature changes. That’s why it’s important to establish a routine of regular maintenance to ensure the longevity of your investment, and to keep your farm borders functional and effective.

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