Traditional bale processors pulverize the hay and hay rings waste a lot of each bale while causing destructive soil compaction.
Long stem hay retains more nutrition and helps develop your calves’ rumens. When distributed in long, thin windrows, it helps regenerate your soil. The soil is not compacted, the manure is spread over long distances and the pastures are naturally re-seeded. Your entire herd – even the most vulnerable – gets equal access to the feed, and best of all it can save up to 40% of your hay.
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Like a car with a bad engine, an animal with poor gut health is going to struggle to make it, let alone be a profitable investment for the ranch. This is true with any animal but especially in weaned calves. One of the key tools you have on your ranch that can really be the launching pad to great gut health is long-stem hay.
Livestock feed represents the largest single cost – often up to 60 percent of the total operation spending. Maybe now is the time to rethink your feeding methods.
There’s a common misconception that hay fed out directly on the ground is fine only as long as the ground is frozen, but that hay fed onto mud causes hay waste. In fact, as long as you feed in long, thin windrows, feeding onto the ground can reduce wastage from nearly 40% down to just 2-3%!
Among the challenges of the calving season, the question of maintaining herd health is essential. Let’s explore four tips that could help you get through the calving season without a hitch.
A common way to feed cows or heifers is to allow 24/7 access to bales of hay, often arranged in hay feeder rings, or sometimes just dropped off in the middle of the paddock. At first, this sounds like a perfect, low-management method, but think again. Ultimately, with 24/7 access to feed, the cows are in charge of how much hay is used while the owner loses control of how much hay the cows get.
Though minimizing wasted forage and being cost-effective is a key concern, it is far from the only worry. For most livestock farms/ranches, the main reason for allowing unlimited access to hay is the time and convenience. So today, we’ll be comparing different methods of feeding out hay, and you’ll see that the fastest method isn’t always the one you’d think.
Feeding in a new part of the pasture every day not only means you reseed your pasture in the process, it means manure is spread in the pasture evenly and you don’t have to waste time and machinery costs to haul manure from a confinement area, plus, you minimize the risk of pasture damage and disease caused by concentrated hoof and manure.
Ted and Melissa Miller with their four children own and operate Delta Dairy LLC on the Mississippi River Delta in Baskin, Louisiana. The operation consists of approximately 450 milk cows and 600 head of replacements and bulls, rotationally grazed on 1,200 acres of pasture. This 14-minute documentary is a story about how the family produces milk in an environmentally and economically sustainable fashion.