Pastures and Forages

Improving Calf Performance by Extending the Grazing Season with Warm Season Grasses and Brassica Forages


Spring planted warm-season grasses and brassica forages increased nutritional content of the diet available to grazing cow-calf pair, but pastures were slow to establish and weaning weights were not improved.

By Shelby Filley

Planning & Building Fences on the Farm

Online Resource

Many innovations have occurred in the fencing industry in recent years, giving producers an array of options for fences to confine and protect livestock. Whether used as permanent, periphery boundaries, temporary pasture dividers or to encircle a house, fences need careful planning and construction for efficient usefulness, long life and low maintenance.

Planning Fencing Systems For Controlled Grazing

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Controlled grazing can be an economical way to provide forage to grazing animals. Utilizing pasture as a major portion of the forage plan can significantly reduce feed costs during the grazing season.

Forage Nitrate and Prussic Acid Screening Tests


Nitrates and Prussic Acid are substances that can accumulate in certain forages and cause poisonings in livestock. Example nitrate accumulators include pigweed, Johnsongrass, and Sorghums. Example prussic acid plants include Sorghums and Johnsongrass. This presentation reviews the toxins, animal response, and testing options.

By Shelby Filley

Pasture and Hayland Renovation for Western Washington and Oregon

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This publication is designed to help you achieve a successful forage seeding whether you’re a beginning or experienced forage producer. It’s divided into sections so you can focus on the information you need, whether this is basic species facts and seeding methods, or just a list of the latest recommended cultivars. It contains recommendations for seed mixes and seeding techniques on pasture and hayland based on soils, climate, and intended use of the area.

Biosolids in Dryland Cropping Systems

OSU Extension Catalog

This publication reviews the long-term benefits of municipal biosolids applications on soil health in dryland cereal and pasture cropping systems east of the Cascades. Biosolids were an especially effective source of organic matter for soil restoration. Increased soil nutrient status was also...

By Linda Brewer, Dan Sullivan

2003 Grass Hay Species and Variety Trial, 2004-2007 Three-Cut Harvest Management Results

Fact Sheet

Cutting yield results at the COARC for orchardgrass, reed canarygrass, tall fescue, prairiegrass, Alaskan brome, mountain brome, California brome, Timothy, meadow brome, Kentucky Bluegrass, smooth brome, and others.

By Mylen Bohle

Forage Nitrate Test Kit Instructions

Online Resource

Contents, procedures and decision-making based on the results of the testing with a forage nitrate test kit.

Nitrate Toxicity in Livestock

Online Resource

Oklahoma State University's article on nitrate toxicity for livestock grazing. Includes general information, management, pearl millet and nitrates, lab analysis, and factors associated with nitrates in hay.

Prussic Acid Poisoning

Online Resource

Oklahoma State University article on prussic acid poisoning from grazing.

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