Information on Livestock, Dairy, and Forage Production

1. Livestock

2. Forages

3. Weeds



1. Livestock


Breeds of Livestock
The Veterinary Feed Directive: Q&A for Oregon Livestock Producers

Water Requirements
PNW Insect Management  Handbook

Beef Cattle

  1. "Ready for Calving?"
  2. OSU Calving School Handbook
  3. Manual de Buenas Practicas de Manejo - Terneros al Nacimiento
  4. The Calving Process
  5. Calf Track - Calf Management Training System
  6. Raising Newborn Calves
  7. Weaning Calves
  8. Creep Feeding vs. Early  Weaning
  9. Beef Production for Small Farms
  10. OSU Beef Page
  11. Using Genetics to Achieve Beef Production Goals
  12. Reproduction for next year starts now
  13. Oregon Feedlot Futurity
  14. OSU Beef Cattle Sciences Website Publication






Sheep & Goats

  1. OSU Sheep Publications
  2. Meat Goat Home Study Course
  3. Understanding Sheep Reproduction Helps Ranch Productivity
  4. Fall or Out-of-Season Lambing
  5. Best Management Practices to Increase Lamb Crop
  6. Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats
  7. Keeping Wool Clean
  8. Good Choices on Rams Translates to Good Flock Production Later
  9. Parasite Concerns in Sheep
  10. Electric Anti-Predator Fence
  11. Livestock Guardian Dogs
  12. Lamb Management During Poor Marketing Conditions
  13. Culling Ewes
  14. Evaluation of  Flock Production
  15. Sheep Production Guide
  16. Sheep Safety & Quality Assurance (Level 1)
    Click on "online education" for this online certification course.
  17. Maryland Small Ruminant Page
  18. Lambing Record Workbooks (MS State Ext.)
  19. Goat Kidding Record Keeping Software (Ok. State Ext.)
  20. Other OSU Publications
  21. UCCE Dairy and Meat Goat Publications
  22. UCCE Sheep Publications

Beef Nutrition

  1. OSU Beef Nutrition Programs
  2. Beef Nutrition Workbook
  3. Mineral Requirements
  4. Feeding for Rebreeding
  5. Mineral Assessment
  6. Selenium
    1. Supplementation Strategies
    2. Fertilizing with Selenium for Animal Health, Growth, and Reproduction
  7. Extra Pounds on Calves May Pay
  8. Creep Feeding Beef Calves

Sheep & Goat Nutrition

  1. Nutrient Requirements
  2. Mineral Requirements of Sheep
  3. Mineral Requirements of Goats
  4. Nutrition for Lambing
  5. Flushing Ewes: don't start too late and stop too soon
  6. Artificial Rearing of Lambs on Milk Replacer Diets
  7. Body  Condition Scoring of Sheep
  8. Top 11 Ways to Cope with High Feed Costs



  1. General Swine Production Information
  2. Pasture-based Swine Production
    1. Forages for Swine
    2. Pasture-based swine mgmt
  3. Profitable Pork (WSARE)
  4. Raising Organic Pigs - a USDA guide



Ranching Planning & Management

  1. WIRE - Western Integrated Resource Education
  2. Livestock, Poultry, & Grain Reports
  3. Agriculture Marketing Information Link
  4. Western Extension Committee
  5. Livestock Marketing Information Center
  6. Price Indices for Estimating Cattle Prices in the Pacific Northwest (PNW 666)
  7. Video Market Data for calves and yearlings confirms price discounts for Western cattle

Production Alternatives

  1. To Grass or Not to Grass ... That is the Calf Question (LF1301.pdf)
  2. Grass fed (search for "grass fed" on the AMS website)
  3. Natural Production (Search for "natural meat" on the AMS website
  4. Scientifc Statement on Genetically Modified Organisms
  5. Biotechnology Website
  6. Meat Marketing
    1. Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network
    2. Oregon-specific info: Meat & poultry processing
  7. ATTRA - Livestock
  8. SARE



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2. Forages




  1. Improving Pastures (Greener Pastures)
  2. Pasture Survey: Over-seed or Renovate
  3. Pasture & Hayground assessment & Action (LFC 1302)
  4. New Seeds for an Old Pasture
  5. Pasture & Hayland Renovation


Soil Testing & Fertilizing

  1. Organic Fertilizer Value
  2. Early Spring Forage Production for Western Oregon Pastures (T-Sum 200)
    1. Degree Growing Days for T-Sum 200 (or T-sum 360 in Fahrenheit)
    2. Shorter explanation of the T-Sum process
  3. Feeding Your Forage
  4. Soil Sampling - EC628
  5. Variable Depth Sampling
  6. List of Labs
  7. OSU Fertilizer Guide (FG 63)
  8. Pasture Fertilizer Guide (see p. 21-30)
  9. Soil Test Interpretation Guide
  10. Production Potential - Web Soil Survey
  11. Fertilizer & Lime Materials (FG52)
  12. Economics of Fertilizing by OSU Recommendations
  13. Fertilizing with Manure and Other Organic Amendments (EM 533)
  14. Applying Lime to Raise Soil pH for Crop Production (Western Oregon) (EM 9057)
  15. Soil Acidity in Oregon: Understanding and Using Concepts for Crop Production (EM 9061)


  1. Oregon Crop Water Use and Irrigation Requirements (EM 8530)
  2. Western Oregon Irrigation Guides (EM 8713)
  3. Managing Irrigation Water Quality for crop production in the PNW (PNW 597)
  4. Strategies for Efficient Irrigation Water Use (EM 8783)
  5. IrrigationMonitoring Using Soil Water Tension (EM 8900)
  6. Irrigation System Maintenance, Groundwater Quality, and Improved Production (EM 8862)
  7. Simple Irrigation Scheduling using the "Look and Feel" Method

Pasture & Hay Management

  1. Guide to Pasture & Grazing Management for SW Oregon
  2. Coastal Pastures in OR and WA
  3. Improved Pastures
  4. Grass is King: Protect the Crown
  5. Beef Grazing Management of Improved Pastures
  6. Planning and Building Fences
    1. Virginia Coop Ext.
    2. Univ. of Tenn.
  7. Pasture & Grazing Management in the Northwest
  8. Drought Advisory: Managing Irrigated Pastures and Grass Haylands
  9. Haymaking on the Westside (WAEB 1897)
  10. Summer & Fall Pasture Management
  11. Hay Fires: Prevention & Control
  12. Managing Small-Acreage Horse Farms for Green Pastures, Clean Water, and Healthy Horses

Feeding Value


Forage Types


  1. Cover Crops
  2. Variety in Pasture
  3. Subterranean Clover
  4. White Clover
  5. Tall Fescue
    1. short version
    2. long version
  6. Annual Ryegrass
    1. short version
    2. long version
  7. Orchardgrass
    1. short version
    2. long version
  8. Perennial Ryegrass
    1. short version
    2. long version
  9. Timothy
  10. Species Selection Examples


Forage Anti-Quality Factors


Forage Information System

Other OSU Publications

ATTR - Forages

Farm Safely

Estimated Value of Cranberries as a Livestock Feed

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3. Weeds


a. Aquatic Weeds


  1. Aquatic Plant Management Society
  2. Western Aquatic Plant Management
  3. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

b. Information from OSU

  1. Perennial Weed Biology and Management
  2. Perennial Weed Control
  3. Managing Summer Weeds in Pasture
  4. Tansy Ragword Updates, August 2011
  5. More on Tansy Ragwort
  6. OSU Weed Science Program
  7. OSU Fact Sheets on Weeds and Pesticides

c. Pesticide/Herbicide

  1. Pesticide Education
  2. ODA Pesticide Division
  3. Pesticide Labels (Crop Data Management Systems)
  4. PNW Weed Management Handbook

d. Poisonous Plants

  1. Poisonous Plants Commonly Found in Pasture
  2. Avoiding Poisonous Plants in Pasture and Hay
  3. Poisonous Plants Encountered in Oregon
  4. USDA ARS Poisonous Plant Research Library
  5. Livestock-Poisoning Plants of Oregon
  6. Natural Toxicants in Feeds, Forages, and Poisonous Plants (book)
  7. Western Washington Plants Known to be Toxic to Horses

  8. Poison Hemlock - Silage will NOT reduce the toxin (local research)
  9. Tansy Ragwort Update

e. Weed Control



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