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Flood Recovery Management for Forages

July 7, 2015

Flood Recovery Management for Forages

John Jennings, Paul Beck, and Kenny Simon

Flood damage to forages can be quite variable depending on several factors. Damage is lower on dormant forage than on growing forage and is also lower during cool air and water temperatures than during warm temperatures. Some references indicate survival of some grasses after 60 days of submersion when water temperatures are 50⁰ F or less, but can be killed within 24 hours when water temperatures are 86⁰ F or higher. Damage is less in areas of moving water compared to standing, stagnant water. Sedimentation on leaves and crowns in standing water increases injury.

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Beef Cattle Tips–July

July 7, 2015

It is July!!! Beef Cattle Tips is a monthly newsletter designed to remind you of timely production practices that could benefit your operation.  In this month’s issue make sure you monitor pasture conditions for growing replacement and retained cattle. Pasture quality usually diminishes this time of year.  Decisions of extended ownership should be based on current calf value and fall feeder cattle futures.  Replacement female weight gain should be monitored through the fall to make sure heifers are on track to reach their target weight for fall breeding.

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Did you know?

June 29, 2015

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When it comes to satiety, according to the Journal of Nutrition, protein has more staying power than carbohydrates and fat. Eating high quality beef protein can curb hunger and the body’s desire to eat.

Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference

June 26, 2015

Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference


Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference

Springfield, Missouri – July 7-8, 2015

Mark July 7-8, 2015 on your calendar and register for the Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference.  Deadline for registration is June 24, 2015. This year’s conference will be a great opportunity for dairy graziers to network with other producers and industry professionals. Here are the farm tours on day one of the conference.

Dairy Farm Tour #1 – Edgewood Dairy LLC, Purdy, Missouri
Located in Purdy, Missouri, Edgewood Dairy is owned and operated by the Fletcher family. Charles Fletcher will discuss his multigenerational dairy and how the farms’ success has enticed his son and daughter-in-law back to the farm. Three hundred and twenty cows are milked twice daily in a swing 22 parlor. A portion of the production will soon be processed on site for cheese. Participants will tour the cheese plant, in its infancy, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015. Nearly seventy percent of the 320 acre farm is planted annually (both summer and winter) while the majority is in permanent pasture in novel endophyte fescue and perennial ryegrass. Heifers are raised off site.

Dairy Farm Tour #2 – Meier Dairy, Monett, Missouri
Mike and Janan Meier own and operate a seasonal 100 cow herd just 4 miles south of Monett, Missouri. Once the Meiers’ adopted the grazing model, they begin to evolve their breeding program from purebred Holstein to Holstein-Jersey cross and has recently began to bred back to Holstein. This 178 acre farm prefers perennial ryegrass while also utilizing novel endophyte fescue and double cropped warm season grasses to support the needs of the milking and heifer herds.  Mike uses a pod-line irrigation system to irrigate crabgrass. This farm uses a double 6 herringbone parlor.

Dairy Farm Tour #3 – VanDalfsen Farms, Reeds, Missouri
Bernie VanDalfsen owns and operates VanDalfsen Dairy located in the bottoms of the Spring River near Reeds, Missouri. Using his center pivot irrigation, he is able to support the forage needs of 445 cows. About 160 acres can be irrigated of the 330 total acres. The center pivot is equipped with cow misters, which allows Bernie to strategically cool cows during the hottest of grazing conditions. The herd is milked twice daily in the swing 25 parlor equipped with automatic take offs.

Dairy Farm Tour #4 – Grasslands White Oak #4/ Fortuna Farms, Avilla, Missouri
Craig and Kelsey Zydenbos have been sharemilkers for the past eight years with Grasslands LLC, who owns the farm.  The operation is a 630 cow herd in two mobs on a base of 350 acres.  Approximately 138 acres are novel endophyte fescue and the poor paddocks are planted to turnips or millet for renovation and summer forage.  The herd is milked in a swing 50 parlor. Heifers are custom raised off site.

Click here for online registration.

Click here for the agenda.

Click here to learn more about the Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference.


  • Farm tours and demonstrations.
  • A trade show featuring the latest in grazing technology.
  • Networking opportunities. 
  • Presentations from farmers, university specialists and allied industry.


Did you know?

June 23, 2015

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A number of research studies including a new study published online in the peer-reviewed publication Nature, suggest that higher protein diets not only help with satiety but may help with long-term weight loss. Subjects in this study who consumed 5.4 percent more energy from protein compared to the control/non-protein group were not only able to lose weight, but also kept it off for six months compared to the control/non-protein group.

Another study published in the journal, OpenHeart, suggests that a healthy, balanced diet including high-quality proteins such as beef may be more effective than a diet that restricts fat below 30 percent of daily calories.

Did you know?

June 19, 2015

Did you know?

Did you know that body condition scoring is a useful management tool to determine nutritional needs of cattle in your herd.  A cow’s body condition score (BCS) can be especially useful during this spring breeding season to help determine which cows may need extra supplementation.  Body condition is assessed on a 1 to 9 scale with 1 being very thin and 9 being very obese, please see this link for more information:

Research has shown that cow’s exhibiting a BCS of 4 may have pregnancy rates as low as 50%. At a BCS of 5, pregnancy rates will be close to 80%. At a BCS of 6, pregnancy rates may be 88% or higher.


June 2015 Dairy E-News

June 18, 2015

 With this newsletter, we strive to bring you the most current dairy information.

Featured Articles:

  • Breeding Lactating Dairy Cows During Hot Weather
  • Performance of Replacement Heifer Calves Following Deworming
  • Face Flies
  • With Warming Weather, It’s Time to Start Thinking About Heat Stress

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