Beating the odds of farm consolidations or sell-offs, 4th generation family members at McIntyre Farms are now actively preparing for the 5th generation through soil health practices and multi-species grazing that will ensure their operation is sustainable for many years ahead.
Dairy grazing isn’t a simple science. Putting the milking herd on pasture involves more than providing access to grass. It’s a multifaceted system that involves the health and productivity of animals, plants and soil.
Wearable technologies, pasture forage measurements and grazing management, and autonomous and unmanned vehicles are some of the precision technologies that may improve overall production efficiency on grazing dairies.
In Nebraska, the effects of the drought are prevalent. We have seen no April showers, instead wind and grass fires. These conditions are forecast to persist. So we are going to need to start making our forage plans early.
Tall fescue, a cool-season perennial grass, grows on approximately 1 million acres in north Georgia and more than 30 million acres in the U.S. Cattle can graze on this grass for an extended period from early spring to fall.
Under the drought conditions of the 2021 growing season, I heard many concerns from livestock producers about forage supply shortages, low quality of the forages available and, of course, nitrate accumulation in those forages.