Pastures & Forages

Hay supplies remain tight for Texas cattle producers

Hay supplies may be better than last year, but they remain extremely tight as costs for winter feeding continue to mount for Texas ranchers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Jason Cleere, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension statewide beef cattle specialist and professor in the Texas A&M Department of Animal Science, Bryan-College Station, ...

Texas A&M AgriLife research included in global drought study

A first-of-its-kind international study, which includes research from Texas A&M AgriLife, has found that the effects of extreme drought on grasslands and shrublands have been underestimated. Researchers simulated extreme short-term drought – commonly called “100-year drought” – at 100 sites across six continents. The results were recently published in the prestigious Proceedings ...

Tips to stretch short hay supplies

Below are a few tips to consider stretching limited hay supplies. For additional information contact your local Extension agent. Inventory hay – know how much hay you have available; weigh a few bales to get an average weight or estimate the weights based on available information from Extension publications. Minimize ...

What to feed when there’s not anything

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many beef producers found themselves trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat as they rang in 2024 with low hay supplies, says University of Missouri Extension beef nutrition specialist Eric Bailey. Bailey says post-drought feeding woes leave producers challenged with “what to feed when there ...

Reviewing cow-calf share and cash lease agreements

The trend in cattle prices over the last year has been dramatically toward the upside. Prices have risen higher and faster than many market analysts thought possible for 2023. These changes in market value are having an impact on beef cow share and cash lease agreements in determining what is ...

Multi-county Southwest Texas Soil Testing Campaign set for Oct. 16-Nov. 2

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hosting the Southwest Texas Soil Testing Campaign event Oct. 16-Nov. 2 at agency offices in Uvalde, Dimmit, Frio, Kinney, Medina and Zavala counties. The event will allow landowners to send soil samples to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory to be analyzed ...
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Fall pasture management program Sept. 19 in San Antonio

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County will present the Fall Pasture Management program Sept. 19 in San Antonio. The program will be held from 9 a.m.-noon in Suite 208 of the AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge. Registration is $20 both at the door or in ...
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Pasture conditions and market update

USDA-NASS begins releasing pasture and range conditions in May each year and the charts below show conditions in the Southeast and Southern Plains regions as compared to a year ago and the five-year average from 2017-2021. These charts show the percentage of range and pasture that is classified as “poor” ...