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Can I grow all the feed needed for my cattle?

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Yes, if you balance your cattle numbers with the land area you have for growing pasture and hay. This may average 2 to 3 acres per cow - calf unit, but can vary with the land type, forage species, fertility, animal requirements, and other environmental conditions. By using both warm and cool forages for grazing and hay, a balance can be reached with time.  Rotational grazing could increase carrying capacity and forage utilization.

 
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Filed Under: Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Farming, Agri-tourism, Forages, Livestock, Local Flavor January 31, 2020

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Agri-business, Forages September 17, 2019

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Extension/Research Professor
Grazing Systems, hay production, forage fertility, forage quality and utilization, alfalfa productio
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Native grasses, forages, grazing management, conservation crops, biofuel crops