Range, Hay, Pasture, & Nutrition

Healthy rangelands and pastures are essential for providing wildlife habitat, creating the basis for ranchers and farmers to make a living, and supplying open space and quality aesthetics for recreational users. Middle Park Conservation District strives to 1) Maintain and improve the health and productivity of our ag and rangelands; 2) Increase the habitat value of our range and pasturelands for the wildlife that inhabit them and use them as corridors. Mark Volt looks at alfalfa recently drilled

Weather Information
Soil Testing Info and Form
Hay Testing Info: Call Us @ 970-724-3456, ext 4
MPCD’s Ultimate Land Management & Rural Living Guide

 Hay Resources

2017 Mountain Meadows Hay Day Info & Lectures
Intermountain Grass and Legume Forage Production Manual
Small Acreage Irrigation Guide
Fertilizing Mountain Meadows
Calculator – Economic Benefit of Fertilizing
UPDATED! Taking & Interpreting Hay Results
Joe Brummer’s Lecture on Irrigation Management & Fertilizing given at Hay Day 2017

Hay Making Due Diligence (light grey box)
Fall Fertilizing (orange box)
Why Test your Hay? (olive green box)
Interpreting Hay Results (dark red box)
Stacking Round Bales (dark grey box)
Reducing Winter Feed Loss (pinkish red box)
Vitazyme: Secret to Success? (black box)
Ditch Clean Up: Round Up (tan box)
Fodder 101: Growing Sprouts & Grains (black box)
Is Fertilizing Right for You? (light grey box)
Micro Hydropower (aqua blue box)
Moisture Content in Baled Hay (dark green box in right column)
Ag Burning (tan box in left column)
Pratt Gates (seafoam green box in right column)
Fall Fertilizing of Mountain Hay Meadows (light red box in right column)
When to Turn the Water On (dark blue box near the bottom)
Hay Quality Relative to Swath Width (olive green color halfway down)
Resources for Hay Buyers/Producers from the Colorado Department of Agriculture (light yellow box near top)

Range and Grazing Resources

Grazing Response Index Info
Grazing Response Index Form
Rotational Grazing Worksheet from USDA Organic
Fencing For Wildlife (CPW)

Land Planning & Adaptive Management (black box)
All for One or One for All: Proper Grazing Management (dark grey box)
The Last 3 inches Doesn’t Belong to You (orange box)
Proper Grazing Management (light brown box)
Rock Dams for Erosion & Sage Grouse (dark blue box)
Soil Health & Grazing Intensity (greenish grey box in left column)
Top Traits of Successful Grazers (light pink box at bottom)
Riparian Use by Cattle (tan box)
Connection Between Soil & Weather (pink box)
Pasture Readiness (tan box three-quarters of the way down the page)
Cheapest Ranch You’ll Ever Buy (tan box halfway down)
Good Grazing is Good for the Planet (tan box near bottom)
How shadeballs can help your water tank (purple box halfway down)

Animal Nutrition Resources

Dr. Kelcey Swyers Presentation on Beef and Horse Nutrition given at Hay Day 2017
Nutrient Requirements for Beef Cattle
 By Dr. Lalman
Beef Cattle Nutrition and Feeding from PennState Extension

Feeding and Nutritional Management of Beef Cattle from Merck Veterinary
Beef Cattle Nutrition Workbook from Oregon State University Extension
Beef Cattle Nutrition and Feeding from Arkansas State University Extension
Feed Composition Table from Beef Magazine
Dry Matter Demand Table  from National Organic Program (USDA)
Pasture Dry Matter Intake Worksheet from CCOF

Basics of Feeding Horses from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension

Nutrient Needs of Horses from Oklahoma Extension
NRC Requirements for Horses Database from the National Research Council
Nutrient Management for Horses from Purdue University Extension


Starving for Nutrients (left column half way down)
Protein & Energy Supplements
(light yellow box)
Are Supplements Needed and Choosing a Supplement (2 articles: orange and black boxes)
Nutritional Considerations for Horses (pinkish red box)
Biggest Nutrition Mistakes (greenish bluish box near top)
Horse Sweat (olive box near box)
Heifer Size (maroonish colored box at bottom)
Nutrition 2.0 (forest green box near bottom)
Glycemic Index in Horses (forest green box near bottom)
Tips for Wintering Cattle (yellow box near the bottom)
Colic and Founder in Horses (pale green box at the bottom)
Cattle Body Condition Scores (tan box near the top)
Winter Feeding of Horses (pale green box halfway down)
Tips to Enhance your Cattle Breeding Program (tan box at bottom)
Health Gut Flora, Healthy Foals (light purple box three-quarters of the way down)
Nutritional Management of Older Horses (light green box near bottom)

Other E-Newsletters

Soil Health & Education
USDA/NRCS Bulletin


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