The drought reduced hay production across much of Nebraska last year. This winter has maxed out hay supplies. Many cow-calf producers are short on hay and questioning if they have enough to make it to green grass. In addition, spring-calving cowherds are at the time of year when nutrient requirements are highest. Nebraska Extension is hosting a webinar, Thursday, March 16, to discuss options for getting lactating cows fed until pasture is available to graze.
The webinar will start at 6 PM MT/7 PM CT and will discuss management practices to help pastures recover from drought, feeding pairs in confinement when hay is in short supply, spring-planted small grain forages that may be able to enhance the current forage supply, and management strategies for cow-calf pairs on planted forages. To watch this webinar and ask questions, please pre-register at https://go.unl.edu/foragegap.
Speakers from Nebraska Extension include Jerry Volesky, Range & Forage Specialist; Karla Wilke, Cow-Calf and Stocker Cattle Management Specialist; Daren Redfearn, Forage/Crop Residue Specialist; and Mary Drewnoski, Beef Systems Specialist.
For more information on this webinar go to https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2023/filling-spring-and-early-summer-forage-gaps-webinar-march-16