Significant presence of mud can increase energy requirements by as much as 30%. Wading through mud burns more calories, resulting in reduced gain for developing breeding stock and fed cattle as well as reduced milk production for cows. Confounding things further, cattle to tend eat less by simply avoiding putting in effort to get to feed.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has the resources and tools to help farmers make informed decisions when it comes to the economic management of their farm business.
Winter is a great time for spring planning of pastures - both those that are new and those planned for production. This article summarizes a bulletin from ISU Extension and Outreach on the various costs of pasture improvements and pasture/forage management.
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Business planning assistance is available, including links to the Ag Decision Maker site and the Beginning Farmer Center.