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February 2021 Newsletter – Soil Fertility and Weed Control in Fescue

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 Catawba Valley Cattlemen’s Association
(Talk & learn on the 2nd Tuesday of each month)
This month’s meeting is on Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., February 9, 2021. No Business Meeting, Educational program at 6:30 p.m. On Soil Fertility and 7:30 p.m. Weed Control in Fescue

Meeting Agenda 

5:30 p.m. (You may check into the meeting from 5:30 to 6:25 p.m. to iron out communication issues on Zoom.)
6:30 p.m. – Educational Program: Fescue Pasture Fertilization.
Speaker: Dr. Alan Franzluebbers, USDA-Agricultural Research Service
7:30 p.m. – Educational Program: Controlling grassy weeds in new and existing fescue pastures.
Speaker: Dr. Neil Rhodes, University of Tennessee Extension Specialist Weed Management
8:30 p.m. – Meeting adjourned.



Saturday, March 20, 2021

Serving 5–7 p.m.

Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds- Newton, NC

BBQ Beef

Pinto Beans, Slaw and Bread

PREPAID—$10 per plate

AT THE DOOR—$12 per plate

Children 6 and under – No charge – must be in the vehicle.


Ø  On Friday, March 19, 2021, 10 cattlemen members are encouraged to be at the Fairgrounds at 4 p.m. to begin preparation for the BBQ. We will only need 5-10 members as we won’t set up all the tables and chairs. No dinner will be served.

Ø  You may include 2021 dues ($10) when mailing in BBQ tickets. Make sure you note who you are paying dues for. Amanda will also be at the fairgrounds Friday evening and Saturday during the BBQ if you would like to pay in person.

Ø  We will continue with Zoom and conference call meetings until the governor, county, and extension admin changes the number of people we can have in a meeting. I can have 10 people in our meeting room to view the program on the big screen. When it gets warmer, we can meet in the Equipment Shed with a total of 50 folks. Please follow the simple precautions. Stay healthy!

Ø  If you have a smartphone and want to download the Zoom app, it is possible the extension office could help you with that on weekdays from 8 a.m.–noon. If not, we could point you in the right direction to get help.

Ø  This February educational program is planned as a conference call by phone or on the computer in the form of a Zoom meeting. Please read the inside article to see how easy it is to listen by phone or get into the meeting using the computer and/or iPhone to also see slides and people.

Ø  This Feb. session will highlight soil health and fertility with a focus on fescue fertilization, winter stockpiling, and maintaining control of grassy weeds in new and existing fescue pastures.

                             Beef Management Calendar for February

            GENERAL Management

•Pull soil samples on bermuda and bahia pastures and hayfields to plan spring fertilization and liming.

• Check with your county agent about pasture weed control. This is the best time to spray for musk thistle control.

• Check mineral feeders and continue to feed high magnesium mineral supplement to cows on winter grazing or tall fescue.

• Fertilize tall fescue pasture and overseeded grazing. Apply 60 lbs N per acre in addition to soil test recommendations.

• Do not graze winter annuals closer than 4.” Overgrazing can reduce total winter production.

SPRING CALVING in January, February, March

•Check cows frequently during calving season.

•Tag calves at birth. Record birth dates, tag numbers, and cow IDs.

•Castrate, dehorn, and implant calves at birth.

•Make sure bulls are in good condition for breeding heifers next month. Trim feet, conduct breeding soundness exams, and provide additional feed if needed.

A cow’s nutrient needs increase by at least 50% after calving. If possible, separate dry cows, first-calf heifers, and cow-calf pairs to feed more efficiently.

FALL CALVING in October, November, December

•Vaccinate calves over 3 months old with clostridial vaccines (black-leg). Check with your veterinarian about other problems in your area.

•Castrate and dehorn any calves missed at birth.

•Implant calves. Calves that were implanted at birth can be reimplanted. (Follow label instructions.)

•Check on the condition of bulls during breeding season. Provide supplemental feed as needed.

•Remove bulls from heifers after a 45-60 day breeding season


We will be joining the NCFGC (North Carolina Forage and Grassland Council) winter meeting at 6:30 p.m. You can connect with them directly or you can get on the cattlemen’s Zoom meeting and I will join us as a group. If you want to come to the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Catawba County office to see it on the big screen, I can have 10 people sitting at individual tables. (You must call ahead to reserve a table.) Or you can listen by conference call on flip phones. No business meeting. We will only have the educational meeting presented on soil health and weed control in pastures – by phone (Conference call) and/or computer(zoom). I will start our meeting at 5:45 p.m. so you can experiment and come on and talk to me or call by cell 405-219-1902 and we can figure something out for you to connect. In general, if you have a flip phone, this is a “conference call,” if you have an iPhone, you can join our conference call or you can download the “zoom meeting App” and be able to talk, listen, as well as, see the presenter’s slides. If you have a computer at home that is hooked up to the internet you can download the Zoom program and connect to our meeting and be able to listen and see the slides. Your computer needs to have a microphone and a camera for you to talk and be seen. Laptops and tablets will have these built into their hardware.