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Cattle Grazing Bahiagrass

Cattle markets have been extremely volatile recently in the wake of COVID-19, and many Alabama stockyards have temporarily suspended operations to keep their staff and customers safe. All this has left many cattle producers considering alternative management options for cattle they were planning to sell now or in the near future, with the very real possibility that those cattle will need to stay on the farm longer than expected.

Keeping cattle longer than planned has the potential to put great strain on existing resources, but now is not a time for panic. Cattlemen and women are extremely innovative, so now is a time to improve the overall production efficiency of your operation by focusing on the following 12 basic principles for managing an efficient beef cattle operation to make the best use of existing resources.

For example, improving soil health and fertility will increase forage yields and, combined with an effective rotational grazing and integrated pest management program, can increase overall stocking rates. By-product feeds may be an option for some, and the addition of ionophores and adequate mineral supplementation can improve feed efficiency, health, and production.

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Contributing Authors

Soren Rodning, Extension Veterinarian, Animal Sciences and Forages, Auburn University

Eve Brantley, Water Resources Specialist, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, Auburn University

Leanne Dillard, Extension Forage Specialist, Animal Sciences and Forages, Auburn University

Josh Elmore, Regional Extension Agent, Animal Sciences and Forages, Auburn University

Michelle Elmore, Assistant Extension Professor, Animal Sciences and Forages, Auburn University

Audrey Gamble, Extension Soil Scientist, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Auburn University

Ken Kelley, Regional Farm and Agribusiness Management Extension Agent, Auburn University

Katelyn Kesheimer, Extension Entomologist, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University

Kim Mullenix, Extension Beef Systems Specialist, Animal Sciences and Forages, Auburn University

Max Runge, Extension Professor, Agricultural Economics, Auburn University

David Russell, Extension Weed Scientist, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Auburn University

Jason Sawyer, Associate Professor, Animal Sciences, Auburn University

Sonja Thomas, Pesticide Applicator Training Coordinator, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Gerry Thompson, Regional Extension Agent, Animal Sciences and Forages, Auburn University

Alex Tigue, Regional Extension Agent, Animal Sciences and Forages, Auburn University

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