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Early Pasture Management

May 22, 2013

Weekly column by Mike Boersma, County Extension Educator with the U of M Extension Service in Murray and Pipestone Counties


Many beef cattle are moving out to summer pastures. With a host of other things currently demanding producers' attention, pasture management often gets overlooked this early in the season. However, the success of this summer's grazing season depends on many factors and livestock producers may save time and money by considering those factors now instead of trying to rectify a bad situation later. Here are some tips that will allow producers to get the most out of their pastures this summer.

While very tempting when pasture acres are limited, overstocking can be detrimental to a pasture. We all know that grass plants need roots to utilize water and other nutrients in the soil.

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