Georgia cattlemen are struggling to feed their herds and fighting the affects of poor quality forages. With calf prices at a high, selling off stock may be the best option, says one University of Georgia expert.
When it comes to feeding hay to animals, not all hay is the same. Farmers who grow hay, and those who buy hay for their livestock, rely on a grading system called the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) index to guide them on which hay to buy.
From observations out in the field this summer, I would say the most persistent weeds farmers face in pastures and hayfields are horsenettle, crabgrass and Johnsongrass. These three plants are persistent by nature and may prove difficult to control.
University of Georgia Extension will offer the Master Cattlemen’s Program this fall in Jackson County. The program will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 22 and ending Oct. 10.
The Middle Georgia Hay Field Day will be held on Aug. 6, 2013 at County Line Farm in Lamar County. Hosted by the Upson County and Lamar County Extension Offices, the field day will begin at 9 a.m. at the farm site located at 1693 Ramah Church Road in Culloden, Ga.