Pasture Points to Ponder…
PPPP       Pasture Points to Ponder…Once again the pasture season is upon us,  here are a few points to ensure that yourpa...
PPPPPasture Points to Ponder…
PPPP          Pasture Points to Ponder…     Research suggests that sugars begin accumulating in forages at a steady rate f...
PPPP          Pasture Points to Ponder…         What does this mean to you?  It has been demonstrated that dairy cows    s...
PPPP       Pasture Points to Ponder…Pastured animals must have free andeasy access to high quality clean water.
PPPPPasture Points to Ponder…
Pasture Points to Ponder…Remember that if you are pasturing animals   this summer they MUST have shade.Cows are susceptibl...
Pasture Points to Ponder…
PPPP        Pasture Points to Ponder…Close-up dry cows in particular must have               good shade.Newborn calves are...
PPPPPasture Points to Ponder…
PPPP        Pasture Points to Ponder… Heifers less than one year of age can bestressed on pasture,due to competition, heat...
PPPPPasture Points to Ponder…
PPPP        Pasture Points to Ponder…  One strategy used by many producers tolessen heat stress, is to pasture animals lat...
PPPP          Pasture Points to Ponder…Remember that pasture quality drops rapidly,    particular if growing conditions ar...
PPPP         Pasture Points to Ponder…  The most neglected ingredientsin pasture      situations are vitamins and minerals...
PPPP          Pasture Points to Ponder…    Remember to check on pastured animals                     regularly.   Check bo...
PPPP          Pasture Points to Ponder…Remember to bring animals in at the end of the    pasture season, and this is NOT t...
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Once again the pasture season is upon us, here are a few points to ensure that your pastured animals have a successful season!

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Jaylor: Pasture Points to Ponder

  1. 1. Pasture Points to Ponder…
  2. 2. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder…Once again the pasture season is upon us, here are a few points to ensure that yourpastured animals have a successful season!
  3. 3. PPPPPasture Points to Ponder…
  4. 4. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder… Research suggests that sugars begin accumulating in forages at a steady rate froman hour or two after sunrise and continue until one to two hours before sunset.This suggests starting cutting at mid afternoon and continuing until an hour or two aftersundown. This will provide a six to seven-hour cutting period, which is common to many operations.•
  5. 5. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder… What does this mean to you? It has been demonstrated that dairy cows strongly preferred hay cut at sundowncompared to hay cut at sunup, due to the high soluble sugar content. Keeping with the old adage “More in, moreout”: cows ate more forage and produced more milk when fed late cut hay.This proved true for animals pastured as well as animals fed dry forage.•
  6. 6. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder…Pastured animals must have free andeasy access to high quality clean water.
  7. 7. PPPPPasture Points to Ponder…
  8. 8. Pasture Points to Ponder…Remember that if you are pasturing animals this summer they MUST have shade.Cows are susceptible to sun burn in the same manner that humans are, in addition, high exposure to sunlight also increases the possibility of “cancer eye”.
  9. 9. Pasture Points to Ponder…
  10. 10. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder…Close-up dry cows in particular must have good shade.Newborn calves are very susceptible to heat and sun and will not survive for long exposed in the mid-day heat.
  11. 11. PPPPPasture Points to Ponder…
  12. 12. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder… Heifers less than one year of age can bestressed on pasture,due to competition, heat and parasites.It recommended that they summer inside.
  13. 13. PPPPPasture Points to Ponder…
  14. 14. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder… One strategy used by many producers tolessen heat stress, is to pasture animals laterin the afternoon and over night; keep them in the barn until after lunch when the sun is at its hottest.
  15. 15. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder…Remember that pasture quality drops rapidly, particular if growing conditions are good.Pasture quality adequate to support milking or young animals is often diminished by July. Fence-line or portable manger supplementation of protein &/or energy ingredients are often needed, particularly to heifer groups. Work closely with your nutritionist here.
  16. 16. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder… The most neglected ingredientsin pasture situations are vitamins and minerals.Good consumption of adequate vitamins and minerals often requires a carrier such as grain and this is usually not accomplished on pasture. “Lick” products are often a good remedy to this situation and ease with labour in the busy summer months.
  17. 17. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder… Remember to check on pastured animals regularly. Check body condition score and growth inyoung animals; watch for any health or injury issues. It is distressing, unnecessary and often verycostly to repair “wrecks” in the fall because of summer pasture mismanagement.
  18. 18. PPPP Pasture Points to Ponder…Remember to bring animals in at the end of the pasture season, and this is NOT the first snowfall!Animals out of the barn are “easy” to manage. But by mid to late summer pastured animals require so much supplementation that it is usually easier simply to bring them back into a more controlled environment. As with the above point, avoid “wrecks”, bring them back in early, not late!

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