Thanks to Mid-South RC&D for the “Stove Grant” they awarded the Lee County Extension System to have to work with adults and children in teaching them Life Skills. It will be very useful for the cooking schools this summer for the youth.
Lee County Grassroots Needs Assessment
I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to let us know your needs so we can better satisfy the needs of Lee County.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System wants your help to plan programs that address county needs. Please take about 10 minutes to complete the following planning questions.
You will not be identified unless you give us your contact information at the end of the survey. Your answers will be combined with other stakeholders’ answers. Results will be used to create a program plan for the county. We certainly appreciate and value your input; however, your participation in this survey is optional.
You may stop at any point in the survey, and you may skip questions that you do not want to answer. If you have questions or concerns regarding the survey, please contact your county Extension office.
Tara Barr County Extension Coordinator
Extending the grazing season can improve cattle operations. This saves producers time and money invested in the operation. Whether it is as simple as dividing a pasture into two different paddocks or implementing a more complex system, farmers should consider implementing improved grazing management strategies to help the grazing season.
Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist, said there are a few keys to remember for extending the grazing season.
“Pastures must have a time of rest and recovery in order to have a successful grazing plan,” said Mullenix. “Using an improved grazing method has the potential to help extend the number of grazing days.
While there are many grazing options, no one method will fit every operation. Grazing methods can range in difficulty as well as labor required.
Rotational stocking is where animals are placed in a given pasture and then moved to another on a rotational basis. This method can improve the forages available for producers by giving a pasture a time of rest. A farmer can choose how many paddocks they want to manage. Keeping in mind the more paddocks the more labor is required to manage them.
Deferred grazing, or stockpiling forage, is a method proven to help producers gain more grazing days before having to feed hay. Using this method can potentially extend the number of grazing days anywhere from 30 to 60 days or longer depending on the forage available.
Limit grazing is another way to provide high-quality forage as a supplement to lower-quality hay during the winter months. Here animals are allowed periodic access to a high-quality pasture and then returned to a hay feeding area. The method greatly increases the efficiency and utilization of high-quality forages.
Creep grazing allows young nursing animals access to higher-quality forage that is not accessible to lactating animals. Access to these paddocks can be provided through a creep gate or an opening in between the hay feeding area and high-quality pasture. Research shows increased daily gains of 0.5 to 0.75 pounds per day in calves grazing using this method.
For more information on extending the grazing season visit Alabama Extension online or contact your county Extension office.