The Richmond Register

March 5, 2013

Cattle grading demonstration set Friday

By Brandon Sears
Extension Agent

RICHMOND — Make plans to attend our final agriculture meeting of the winter on Friday, March 8, at 3 p.m., at Blue Grass Stockyards of Richmond.

Learn what factors order buyers consider when making split-second decisions about evaluating and buying cattle in the sale ring.

Tony Jennings, feeder calf and cull cow buyer for Williams Cattle Company will discuss these topics and explain price differences among cull cow types.

Tim Dietrich, Kentucky Department of Agriculture cattle grader, will demonstrate and discuss the grading standards and procedure on various types of cattle as well.

Join us for this unique opportunity to learn from experts about some of the factors that determine cattle prices.

A meal will be served after our meeting, and provided by Bluegrass Stockyards of Richmond. Thanks to Jim Dause and the stockyards staff and Bruce Thomas for helping coordinate this meeting. Please call to let us know you will be attending at 859-623-4072.

Pasture renovation and seeding rates

Time is near to reseed pastures and hayfields for 2013. Keep this useful information under consideration before you head to the fields this spring.

Establishing grass-legume mixtures: Legumes are more competitive than grasses in the seedling stages because they emerge faster, have a taproot-type root system that penetrates deeper and faster, and develop leaf area more quickly. When seeding a grass-legume mixture, choose the seeding date, rate, and method that give the maximum advantage to the species that you need the most.

In general, spring seedings favor legumes, and fall seedings favor grasses.

Renovating with legumes: Adding legumes to existing grass pastures increases forage quality, adds nitrogen to the system, and is desirable in pastures.

Begin by suppressing existing sod by grazing or very close mowing.

White or red clover may be either broadcast in late winter (January-February) or drilled in early spring (March-April).

For broadcast seedings, make sure the sod is short enough for some seed to fall on bare ground.

It may be necessary to drag or lightly disk the pasture to open up the sod and expose some bare ground. Hoof traffic from livestock can also be an effective way to increase seed to soil contact.

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