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M158, Reviewed April 1999

Summer Grazing in Missouri: Pasture Management and Beef Production

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Craig A. Roberts
Department of Agronomy
Richard Joost
Department of Agronomy
Jack C. Whittier
Department of Animal Sciences

This manual should be helpful to anyone considering summer pasture improvements in Missouri. It identifies specific challenges in summer grazing systems and assimilates options that Missouri beef producers could consider practical and affordable. The Missouri cattle industry is dominated by cow/calf operations with livestock grazing Acremonium-infected tall fescue. Although these operations require substantial forage of at least moderate quality, the fescue pasture base rarely provides it during the summer. Cows and calves grazing this type of pasture in July and August have a net negative rate of gain unless their diets are supplemented. Those same operations, if their pastures are improved using forage crops discussed in this manual, could increase daily gains upward to 1 pound to 2 pounds for each steer. For this reason, an increase in the acreage and quality of summer pastures ranks among the top priorities for Missouri beef producers.



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