February 10, 2016
Objective: To experiment with seeding different forages into existing pastures and monitor performance of livestock, forage and the soil.
July 7, 2015
Interseeding annuals into pastures
increases forage diversity, quality, and
• Bruce Carney developed seed mixtures
and interseeded them into existing
• During this establishment year, few
advantages were seen in grazing days
or forage yield, but a baseline was
established for future comparison.
• Diverse seed mixtures vastly increased
• Timely precipitation is critical to forage
and biomass production.
• Grazing management to harvest or
trample forage at the right time and
to a proper degree is essential to feed
both livestock and soil microbes.
May 7, 2015
Good management is essential to
maintaining productive pastures and
encouraging high performance.
• Dave and Meg Schmidt tracked the
management of their pastures, animal
performance, and rates of gain.
• 2014 featured good weather and
improved rotational grazing, resulting
in more animal grazing days and
better calf growth.
• Managed grazing has improved
animal health and gain.
• Forage diversity and soil health can
be improved with managed grazing.
• Short-season annual forages provide
livestock feed during key periods,
when perennials are don’t.
April 30, 2015
Cover crops provide a high-quality and
low-cost feed during times of low feed
• Beef graziers worked with neighboring
row crop farmers to plant cover crops
and monitored grazing value.
• Grazing cover crops extended the
grazing time on crop stubble fields
and reduced the amount of stored
• Soil compaction was not increased
following cattle grazing cover crops.
• Cover crops provide reasonablypriced
forage for grazing livestock,
protect the soil for crop farmers, and
allow graziers to rest their pastures
longer in the spring.
November 1, 2014
March 9, 2013