Pasture Walk

Pulaski County, Kentucky


A look at grazing small grains, legume/small grain mixes, and corn.


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March 24, 2003

April 1, 2003

April 15, 2003

May 4 and 8, 2003

June 6, 2003

August 11, 2003

November, 2003


1. Dave shows us what his farm looked like 20 years ago. He went through two brush hogs the first year!


2. This is Dave's farm today. You can see the tire tracks, but you can also see green pastures.

3. These cows are on  rye. Magnesium supplement is essential for these cows grazing this grass.


4. The rye will phase out by May. At that time, Dave will plant sorghum-sudangrass.


5. Old tires off of large trucks make great watering tanks.

6. The front part of this picture is wheat and alfalfa, while closer to the tree line is rye and alfalfa. The cows graze the grasses, which grow early and then graze the alfalfa later.


7. Open cows grazed standing corn this winter. The roughage and grain provided the cows with an adequate diet.


8. Wheat in alfalfa . . . almost ready to graze.

9. One of the challenges with any pasture is musk thistle. If the pasture is solely grass, then 2,4-D in the spring is effective. If the pasture has alfalfa or clover, then the 2,4-D will kill the those pasture crops. There is no good herbicide option for thistles in  grass/legume mixes. There is no herbicide option for control of thistles in pure alfalfa or clover stands.


10. Gama grass in alfalfa. The gama grass will grow very aggressively later in this season.

11. You have heard of people gossiping around the water cooler. Well, these folks are gossiping around the watering tank. Besides gossiping, they are comparing the concrete watering tank in the foreground to the tire watering tank in the background.


12. Well, the cows have enough fun for one day. We'll have to stop by later this year to see how they are doing.

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About the Pasture Walk

This Pasture Walk was organized by Keenan Turner, Pulaski County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent. The Pasture Walk involves visiting a farm and meeting with a farmer who is trying to maximize grazing and reduce the need for baling hay. Some of these practices are unconventional and some have not worked. This page is not a comprehensive overview of the trials and errors. It is merely an introduction into the topic. If you have questions regarding the Pasture Walk, please call or write Keenan Turner.


Contact Keenan Turner


Keenan Turner

County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Pulaski County Office
(28 Parkway Dr.)
P.O. Box 720
Somerset, KY 42502-0720
Phone: (606) 679-6361  

Fax: (606) 679-6271




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