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Who is already feeding hay this summer?
Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:54 PM
Anybody else feeding hay already?
I had just grown the herd the past few years to a point I was very happy with...we kept all the heifers for us, when we used to sell most everything. Have finally put together a nice group of cows and heifers now.
I think I will be baling stalks and doing some real thought for some decent ration mixes.
What are some things those of you that have went through a bad drought like this learned in prepping for the upcoming winter?
I know many others have had worse lately. Open to any thoughts . Thanks guys, they say this is the worst here in Indiana in 24 years.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:23 PM
Most everyone around here is cutting silage, as 90% of the dry land corn won't be worth combining, and it is yielding 3-6 ton per acre, with 5 ton being common. Most of the plants did not form ears, and the ones that did have small and partially filled ears.
We started grazing corn three weeks ago. Still have some pasture left here at home, but want to save it for weaning calves on in November. Cows and calves have picked up condition since grazing corn, and they were already in good condition. What little grain formation there is is just starting to turn starchy, and today I saw the first bits of kernels show up in a few cow pies.
Based on the grazing days and total weight of the cattle, I am grazing off the equivalent of a little over 5 ton of silage per acre, but leaving most of the nutrients behind.
It's very hard to understand guys feeding hay to cows on pastures that should have had the cattle removed a month ago, and they are chopping silage from their corn field across the fence from the cows. You can buy standing corn to chop for $20-$30 per ton, with custom chopping/hauling/packing costing $12-$16 per ton. They should probably graze their own corn, then buy the neighbors corn to chop, and sell hay.
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