Additional updates for ongoing forage-related research projects:
Energy is often one of the most limiting nutrients in the diets of pastured livestock, especially for young, growing animals. As a result, the objective of this research project was to determine if energy supplementation in the form of whole barley would improve the health, growth, and carcass characteristics of pasture-raised lambs.
Visit the small ruminant research blog for regular updates and preliminary results on this project.
Many producers recognize the value of winter forages like triticale as a high yielding and high quality forage crop for feeding livestock. The objectives of this study are to investigate the effect of increasing nitrogen fertility rates with and without sulfur on triticale forage to determine 1) the effects on forage yield, 2) if using a higher fertilization rate will the increase the value of the forage through increased protein concentrations, and 3) the resulting implications of incorporating that forage into the ration for lactating dairy cattle.
- Research Update: Effect of Soil Fertility on Triticale Yield and Quality
Amanda Grev, Forage Extension Specialist; Sarah Potts, Dairy and Beef Extension Specialist; and Jeff Semler, Agriculture Extension Educator
A study was initiated in April 2021 to investigate the effects of improved pasture management on short- and long-term heifer performance. Heifers will be managed under an intensive grazing system, which will utilize a combination of annual and perennial pastures, and will be compared to heifers managed under a conventional, TMR-based system.