Monday, 28 September 2020
Login |  Register 
Find Products or Services in your local community
MSC News National Headlines Tech Talk Sports Top Headlines
Search Engine Your Life

Wouldn't it be nice if we could just use the computer's search engine to get answers to important questions? For example, if I search, should I get married? I got three bad reasons and four good ones on why people get married. If I search, should I vaccinate my child? It tells me five important reasons to vaccinate your child. How about searching should I eat meat? Nine reasons came back on why eating meat is good for your health. I like it.

What should I feed my cattle? Raising beef cattle for dummies, cheat sheets, and cattle feed on Amazon, really?

The single largest annual input into our beef herds is forage. A cow consumes about 3% of her body weight each day. A 1200 pound cow, which is really small these days, will require 36 pounds of forage a day, regardless if she grazes it herself or you deliver it to her. Her nutritional needs increase as calving season approaches and peaks after calving. We expect her to be in good condition when calving, so she produces enough milk for the calf, recover from calving, and prepare to rebreed in 3 months. We ask quite a bit of our mama cows.

Of course, to save on costs, it's usually always cheaper if the cow harvests the forage for themselves. By the time you harvest and haul forages, you've invested a lot into that forage. If you can find some cover crops or corn stalks that you can rent, you can extend that grazing season for a few more months. There are a few farmers that think cattle on corn stalks can cause compaction. When you search on the internet you will find this:

"Sixteen years of corn residue grazing in eastern Nebraska did not result in detrimental effects on soil properties (including bulk density and penetration resistance) or crop yields. These fields had silt-clay-loam soil, were managed under no-till and were in a corn-soybean rotation. In fact, fall grazing (November to February) of corn residue improved soybean yields by 3.4 bu/ac. In a western Nebraska field managed in continuous corn, grazing corn residue for five years did not affect corn yields (148 versus 154 bu/ac, for not grazed and grazed, respectively).

A three-year study with five locations in eastern Nebraska also showed that grazing had no impact on subsequent crop yields. Three locations were managed under continuous corn with corn yields of 239 bu/ac for grazed and 223 bu/ac for ungrazed (which did not statistically differ). Two locations were in a corn-soybean rotation with soybean yields not differing between grazed (59 bu/ac) and ungrazed (62 bu/ac). During the last two years, soil penetration resistance was measured in the spring and was found to be slightly increased at two locations. However, the increase in penetration resistance was below the threshold for impeding root growth and did not carry over into the next year."


One word of warning, when you are searching on the internet, you can get information that may not be true, shocking, I know! If you want to know what research has been done on the subject, then just type in ".edu" at the end of your search, and you will only get information from Universities and not people just trying to sell you something.



You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.

Fairview man arrested on child sex charges
Hiawatha teen pleads guilty to charges in fatal wreck
Hiawatha man arrested after domestic incident
Charges filed in fatal Jackson CO UTV accident
Brown Co schools report additional COVID cases
Motorcyclist killed in Atchison wreck
Brown Co seeing spike in COVID cases
Goff man injured in Nemaha Co wreck
Holton teen injured in rollover wreck
Two arrested after Atchison home invasion attack
Atchison County reports second Covid death
Fatal truck / train crash in Northwest Missouri
One arrested following drug raid at Atchison motel room 
Two Atchison residents arrested on drug charges
Atchison Co Sheriff candidates to participate in debate
Brown Co Services for Elderly director to retire
Plans for Hiawatha Halloween Frolic discussed
On-site learning to resume at Hiawatha Middle & High Schools
Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Atchison
COVID cases increase in Falls City

Click Here For All Stories

Brown Co reports 4th COVID-related death
Auburn City budget approved
Creighton Medical School says flu shots a good idea
Suspect in Topeka homicide arrested in Jackson Co
Facemasks delivered to Sheriff's Office
Fatal truck / train crash in Northwest Missouri
Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Atchison
Sabetha business awarded USDA grant
Area school receives national honor
One arrested following drug raid at Atchison motel room 
Click Here For All Stories

©2020 MSC News
Hiawatha, Ks 66434
EEO Public Report
Powered by Radio Media Group