Paul Burrs, a first-generation farmer from Northern Illinois, who owns and operates Hickory Ridge Farm, found his testimony for Midwestern BioAg this year. “Midwestern BioAg is going to fit well with what I need in the future,” said Burrs.
Burrs grew up working on a local farm throughout high school where he dug into his passion for agriculture and found his employer to be instrumental in helping him start his career. Upon graduating high school, Burrs went on to study agronomy at Illinois State University.
More than one-quarter of the Midwest’s agricultural land is in some form of pasture. Rotational grazing is where one part of the pasture is grazed at a time, while the remainder pastures “rest”. Resting grazed paddocks allows forage plants to renew energy reserves, rebuild vigor, deepen their roots system, and give long-term maximum production. Below is the relationship between the number of paddocks and the rest period per acre.For optimum production, pastures should be grazed about a week before the grass heads out (goes …
Heat stress occurs when cows generate and absorb more heat than they can easily get rid of by respiration, sweating, and air blowing by them (wind or fan). Cows generate heat by digesting feed and producing milk. They absorb solar heat when out in the sun. If it is a hot day and the cow is out in the sun all day heat stress can occur.
Heat stress leads to increased respiration rates, body temperatures, sweating, and time standing.