UGA Forage Extension Team

Is your stocking rate correct?

By Steve Morgan Harris County CEC There are many important components in a successful livestock production system. One of the most important tasks in grazing management is understanding livestock stocking rate. It is critical in making timely management decisions that affect profits in beef cattle production. The optimum number of…
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Timing is everything when making hay

By Ray Hicks Screven County CEC If you were like me, growing up around the farm, you couldn’t wait till you got old enough to have the responsibility of cutting the hay crop. Riding that tractor and mower, smelling that fresh mowed grass, knowing that the horses and cows were…
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Crabgrass: friend or foe?

By Jeremy Kichler Colquitt County CEC I have had forage producers love or hate crabgrass over the years. If you are a hay producer, crabgrass can provide us with some production challenges such as slower drying time compared to other summer forages. If you are in need of some summer…
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Comparing summer annual forages

By Jeremy Kichler Colquitt County CEC Summer annual forages can provide high yields of good quality forage during late spring and summer for both beef and dairy producers. Most of the warm season annual grasses emerge and establish quickly and are very drought tolerant. They can be used for grazing,…
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Managing internal parasites through better grazing

By Adam Speir Madison County CEC Internal parasites can cause significant production losses in livestock, which results in significant economic losses for livestock producers. These parasites affect cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. Many times, the effects are subclinical and may go unnoticed, but severe infestations can cause disease and death….
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The amazing ruminant

By Carole Knight Bulloch County CEA It’s a match made in grazing heaven – the ruminant animal and the forage producer. No digestive system is better suited for a diet of grasses and legumes. The ruminant animal is uniquely designed to digest fibrous, high roughage feedstuffs through fermentation. An understanding…
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Do you know your cost of hay production?

By Ray Hicks Screven County CEC As we wind down from the summer it is time to start looking at budgets for next year. As a cattle producer, feed is always one of the most costly inputs. Now as Dr. Dennis Hancock, Georgia Extension Forage Specialist, says “Grass grows Grass!…
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Make the most of winter annuals

By Carole Knight Bulloch County CEA In Georgia, one of our advantages in the cattle industry is the ability to grow and graze forage during the winter months, drastically cutting the need for stored forages and cutting supplemental feed costs. However, to get the most potential out of winter annuals…
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