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How to Get the Highest Quality Feed at Harvest Time
How to Get the Highest Quality Feed at Harvest Time
 

Once feed has been harvested, its quality can only decline. Therefore, it is important to make an effort to ensure that harvest feed is of the highest possible quality. In order to do this, there are many factors to look at, one of the most important... Read More

 
Keeping Horses Cool and Healthy When the Temperatures Soar
Keeping Horses Cool and Healthy When the Temperatures Soar
 

The idea of one’s horse dying from heat stroke is a sobering one. For the most part, this problem can be avoided with ease. However, if one remains ignorant about horses and their tolerance for heat, how to test for dehydration and their methods of c... Read More

 
Concentration of Phosphorus Key to Quality Forage
Concentration of Phosphorus Key to Quality Forage
 

One important characteristic that goes a long way in revealing the quality of forage is its concentration of phosphorus. Therefore, when one is considering what forage to give to livestock, it is important to take this into account. Phosphorus is... Read More

 
More than Just Livestock Feed, Hay also Benefits Small Pets
More than Just Livestock Feed, Hay also Benefits Small Pets
 

Hay is most commonly associated with livestock feed for larger animals, but it is also good feed for smaller animals, like guinea pigs, chinchillas and rabbits. Of course, feeding a guinea pig is a lot different than feeding a horse, so it’s importan... Read More

 
Adjusting to a Summer Decline in Forage Production
Adjusting to a Summer Decline in Forage Production
 

Oftentimes, forage experiences a decline in production during the summer months. Changes in temperature, humidity and precipitation can be particularly troublesome. Government regulations stipulate that pasture must be grazed for a minimum of 120 day... Read More

 
Benefits and Drawbacks of Hay Pellets as Livestock Feed
Benefits and Drawbacks of Hay Pellets as Livestock Feed
 

When it comes to feeding livestock, hay bales are probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, hay pellets are a possible alternative. Before deciding what to use for the forage part of livestock’s diets, it is necessary to weights the benef... Read More

 
While Expensive, Baling Remains Excellent Option for Harvesting and Storing Hay
While Expensive, Baling Remains Excellent Option for Harvesting and Storing Hay
 

When it comes to harvesting and storing hay, baling it is an excellent option. Hay that is baled takes less time to dry and, in general, has lower moisture content. A high moisture content can be troublesome in that it can attract microorganisms that... Read More

 
Avoiding Hay Fires
Avoiding Hay Fires
 

A hay fire is a disaster that no one wants to encounter. Hay fires can injure or kill livestock, destroy buildings and other farming supplies and are a huge financial burden. The best way to prevent these headaches is to take steps to avoid hay fires... Read More

 
The Impact of Chemicals on Cover Crops
The Impact of Chemicals on Cover Crops
 

Cover crops’ primary purpose is to protect and enrich the soil they’re planted in. They can help mitigate erosion, improve fertility and overall quality of soil, and help keep weeds and other pests from ravaging soil. However, cover crops can also be... Read More

 
Hay Versatility
Hay Versatility
 

If there’s one thing hay is, it’s versatile. It’s most notable use is as feed, but one other way that hay can be utilized is as mulch. Although this usage of hay goes under the radar, it is extremely effective and can be used in a myriad of ways. ... Read More

 
Fourteen Alfalfa Facts
Fourteen Alfalfa Facts
 

Alfalfa is the third most-grown crop in the United States, second only to corn and soybeans. Despite this fact, many people know surprisingly little about this crop. Due to the fact that alfalfa improves the quality of soil, alfalfa is often culti... Read More

 
Feeding Goats 101
Feeding Goats 101
 

Unbeknownst to many people, including those considering raising goats, goats have very particular nutritional needs. While some of those needs are met by plants they graze on, others are not. If you are considering raising goats, it is important t... Read More

 
Grass Clippings a No-No for Horses
Grass Clippings a No-No for Horses
 

Hay or an alfalfa hay-mix is great feed for horses, but one might be tempted to ask if there are any alternatives. And while there may be other options for feeding horses, one of those is certainly not grass clippings. Even if one doesn’t intend for... Read More

 
Interesting Facts about Alfalfa
Interesting Facts about Alfalfa
 

Ice scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! But did you know that alfalfa helps to make ice cream? Dairy cows eat alfalfa so that’s how it plays a part in the delicious treat! Alfalfa is a forage legume. A legume is a type of plant that g... Read More

 
Money Just One Thing to Consider When Deciding Whether to Purchase or Grow Hay
Money Just One Thing to Consider When Deciding Whether to Purchase or Grow Hay
 

If you are contemplating whether to purchase hay or grow your own, there are a number of factors to consider. While cost is always an important part of the equation, there are many other things that you need to take into account before making a final... Read More

 
Phosphorus Plays Key Role in Hay Growth and Development
Phosphorus Plays Key Role in Hay Growth and Development
 

It seems intuitive to measure a hay’s quality on physical characteristics—such as color or how it feels to touch. However, the phosphorus content of hay is much more telling. Phosphorus keeps bones and teeth strong and is key in converting macromolec... Read More

 
Determining the Value of Livestock Feed
Determining the Value of Livestock Feed
 

If you are looking to estimate the value of your livestock feed, it is important to sample forage and concentrates. It also is important to understand that accuracy depends on the method and lab technique used. Nutrient content of feeds varies amo... Read More

 
The Subtle Differences between Fodder and Forage
The Subtle Differences between Fodder and Forage
 

Farmers who own livestock have two different categories of livestock feed from which to choose: fodder and forage. The choice depends on several factors including land availability, cost, and animals to be fed. First, farmers should learn the differe... Read More

 
Is Your Hay Natural or Organic?
Is Your Hay Natural or Organic?
 

While the difference between “natural” and “organic” may seem to be trivial, when it comes to hay, it is not. In short, naturally grown hay needs not meet standards set by the USDA National Organic Program, whereas organic hay does. This is not to sa... Read More

 
What is Fall Dormancy in Alfalfa Plants?
What is Fall Dormancy in Alfalfa Plants?
 

When growing alfalfa, it is important to understand the significance of fall dormancy. Fall dormancy is what allows alfalfa to grow tall in the fall of the year. The height of alfalfa plants that were planted in the spring should be measured appro... Read More

 
A Brief History of Fodder
A Brief History of Fodder
 

People have been raising livestock for centuries, so it would only make sense that the methods used to feed livestock have evolved over a vast swath of time. And, in the case of fodder, this is the case. Fodder, food harvested and stored specifically... Read More

 
Why Goats are an Effective Brush Management Tool
Why Goats are an Effective Brush Management Tool
 

Managing brush can take more time and money than many farmers are willing, or able, to expend. Unfortunately, even small timber stands or unused pasture can produce surplus brush. In some cases, the best solution to this pesky problem is also a wonde... Read More

 
Buying Hay and Feed in Bulk: How Much is Too Much?
Buying Hay and Feed in Bulk: How Much is Too Much?
 

Buying horse hay and feed in bulk can save horse owners a great deal of money. Many owners are reluctant to do so, however, because they are concerned that stored hay will spoil before it is used. If stored correctly, hay can last for long periods... Read More

 
Alfalfa vs. Grass: What’s a Horse Owner to Do?
Alfalfa vs. Grass: What’s a Horse Owner to Do?
 

Ask any horse owner what they feed their horses and you will likely get a variety of answers. Some horse owners swear by grass, others by alfalfa and still others believe in a combination of the two. There is no easy—or right answer—to which hay i... Read More

 
Cattle Feeding Costs: Cut Costs, Not Quality
Cattle Feeding Costs: Cut Costs, Not Quality
 

When it comes to cutting costs on cattle feeding, it is critical not to compromise quality in the process. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to ensure your cattle are well fed and getting the nutrients they need without wreaking havoc on your bank ac... Read More

 
The Pros and Cons of Cover Crops
The Pros and Cons of Cover Crops
 

For centuries, farmers have been seeding their hay and pasture lands with cover crop. There are many benefits to seeding cover crops, but there can also be financial downsides. Let’s explore the pros and cons of the cover crop system. Cover crops... Read More

 
Make Hay, Make Money
Make Hay, Make Money
 

Like any pursuit, hay growing is a fruitless endeavor if no profit is turned. And growing hay is expensive, so making good money isn’t a guarantee. Even though making a hay operation financially successful is no walk in the park, there are certain me... Read More

 
Fighting the Dreaded Potato Leafhoppers
Fighting the Dreaded Potato Leafhoppers
 

If you are an alfalfa grower concerned about potato leafhoppers, you are not alone. In most alfalfa-growing states, this pest causes the greatest amount of damage to alfalfa crops. While the density of potato leafhoppers is usually highest in alfa... Read More

 
Keeping Goats Safe and Healthy in Extremely Cold Weather
Keeping Goats Safe and Healthy in Extremely Cold Weather
 

Like almost everything else, goat management becomes more difficult in the winter. And when temperatures dip to dangerous levels, health problems such as pneumonia, parasites and food rot become more prevalent. When cold temperatures are coupled with... Read More

 
Winter Annuals Sustain Weight Gain in Cattle
Winter Annuals Sustain Weight Gain in Cattle
 

It may come as a surprise that winter annuals have the quality and energy to sustain high weight gains in cattle in the winter months. However, when properly managed, a winter annual is capable of producing up to three times more forage than a cool-s... Read More

 
Why Feeding Hay before Grain isn’t a Good Option for Horses
Why Feeding Hay before Grain isn’t a Good Option for Horses
 

Many horse owners believe that it is important to always feed hay to horses before grain. This belief–although widespread—is inaccurate. This belief came about because it was thought that feeding hay before grain would slow the horse’s rate of eat... Read More

 
Frost Seeding Produces Good Results When Done Correctly
Frost Seeding Produces Good Results When Done Correctly
 

Frost seeding is a popular method used to renovate pastures, improve forages stands or alter species in hay or pasture fields. This method is especially popular with those who are trying to establish new forage plants. Frost seeding is relatively... Read More

 
Forage Quantity vs. Forage Quality
Forage Quantity vs. Forage Quality
 

It’s an age-old question. Quality versus quantity. When it comes to a farm’s profitability, however, it is important to decide what drives profitability—especially in terms of forage. Experts generally agree that in order for a farm to be profitab... Read More

 
Why Buying Used Machinery Makes Good Financial Sense
Why Buying Used Machinery Makes Good Financial Sense
 

Buying used machinery such as hay balers can save you a great deal of money. However, more money in your pocket is just one of the many advantages of purchasing used equipment. Many people are surprised to learn that used equipment can be more rel... Read More

 
The Pros and Cons of Over-Seeding Alfalfa into Existing Alfalfa
The Pros and Cons of Over-Seeding Alfalfa into Existing Alfalfa
 

The process of over-seeding alfalfa into existing alfalfa is becoming more and more popular. However, the results of this method are mixed. Over-seeding existing alfalfa stands with additional alfalfa is believed to repair damage caused by things... Read More

 
Selling Hay? There’s an App for That!
Selling Hay? There’s an App for That!
 

Whether or not one can effectively market hay is often the difference between success and failure for a hay producer. And the huge shifts that have occurred in the field of marketing over the years are as relevant to hay as any other product one may... Read More

 
Hay is Crucial to Health of Rabbits
Hay is Crucial to Health of Rabbits
 

One of the main staples of rabbits’ diets is hay. In fact, almost 90 percent of a rabbit’s diet should be hay or grass. While hay will satisfy a rabbit’s nutritional needs, it benefits these small mammals in a variety of other ways, as well, inclu... Read More

 
Tune Up the Horse Trailer before Hitting the Road
Tune Up the Horse Trailer before Hitting the Road
 

The summer season is quickly approaching. That means it is time to tune up your horse trailer and ensure that it is in tip-top shape, resulting in happy trails for both you and your horses. The following are some tips to make sure your trailer is rea... Read More

 
Maximizing Spring Hay Fields and Pastures
Maximizing Spring Hay Fields and Pastures
 

It may be hard to believe but spring is not far away. In order for producers to maximize their hay fields and pastures in the coming warm weather months, it is essential that they always be on the lookout for new implementation methods. What follo... Read More

 
The State of the USDA Organic Forage Market
The State of the USDA Organic Forage Market
 

Going into 2017, things are looking good for the United States organic forage market. Demand is up, as it is beneficial for animals to subsist on a healthy diet of organic hay. Many farmers are realizing that the benefits also extend to the consumer,... Read More

 
Hay Marketing 101
Hay Marketing 101
 

Growing quality hay is only part of the battle. After the hay has been produced, the next question is how to properly market and sell it. And one of the most important parts of marketing hay is knowing who it’s being sold to. Those who raise differen... Read More

 
Why Hay Isn’t Just for Horses (or Cattle)!
Why Hay Isn’t Just for Horses (or Cattle)!
 

Hay is a great nutritional source for horses and cows, but there are also several other animals that benefit greatly from having hay incorporated into their diets. Various types of hay benefit myriad animals in various ways. Pet rabbits benefit gr... Read More

 
Keeping Cattle Healthy During the Cold Winter Months
Keeping Cattle Healthy During the Cold Winter Months
 

Cold weather can take a toll on livestock. That is why cattle management is so important this time of year. When temperatures hit a critical low, cattle must use extra energy in order to remain warm. Through the middle of the winter, the coat on c... Read More

 
Safely Transporting Hay Bales
Safely Transporting Hay Bales
 

If you need to transport several hundred bales of hay, it makes sense to have these bales delivered by the supplier. However, if you have a much smaller number of hay bales to transport, it makes good financial sense to do it yourself. One of the... Read More

 
Need Some Hay? There’s an App for That!
Need Some Hay? There’s an App for That!
 

Hay for sale signs dot the rural countryside throughout the United States. While this seems like an antiquated way of doing business, it actually makes sense. Hay producers want to know who their customers are and this can be difficult to do over... Read More

 
How to Keep Goats Well-Fed
How to Keep Goats Well-Fed
 

If you own goats, one of the biggest challenges you face is making sure that they are well fed. This is true whether you raise goats for meat, as a dairy herd or as pets. Of all the advice out there on how to feed your goats, the most important is... Read More

 
Minimizing Winter Hay Loss
Minimizing Winter Hay Loss
 

Experts tell us that winter livestock feed in some areas of the country accounts for more than 50 percent of the cost of keeping beef cows. This fact underscores the need to minimize feed loss while maximizing the value of that feed. Of course, th... Read More

 
How Much Do You Need to Invest in Hay Storage?
How Much Do You Need to Invest in Hay Storage?
 

Hay storage requires balancing hay cost with forage loss. With the price of hay today, it can be a financial disaster to store round hay bales outside, unprotected from the elements. The potential damage—and therefore loss of revenue—that comes wi... Read More

 
Irrigation an Important Consideration for Alfalfa Growers
Irrigation an Important Consideration for Alfalfa Growers
 

As is the case across all professions, alfalfa growers seek efficiency. This is especially the case with irrigation—they seek to minimize overall water use without reducing total yield. Alfalfa requires a significant amount of water to grow, and with... Read More

 
Most Hay Fires Caused by Spontaneous Combustion
Most Hay Fires Caused by Spontaneous Combustion
 

Hay fires are burdensome. Not only can they injure or even kill, but they are also a financial burden. They can harm buildings, livestock, crops and even other hay. Even a single hay fire, when it’s all said and done, can result in hundreds of thousa... Read More

 
Hay Producers and Small Farmers Cut Costs without Neglecting Quality
Hay Producers and Small Farmers Cut Costs without Neglecting Quality
 

As is the case with everyone, it is imperative that hay producers and small farmers do their work while incurring the lowest possible expenses without neglecting quality. This is especially true given that hay prices are on the rise, reaching all-tim... Read More

 
When is it Ok to Use Moldy Hay as Livestock Feed?
When is it Ok to Use Moldy Hay as Livestock Feed?
 

It would be wonderful if all you ever fed your livestock was top quality hay chock full of nutrients. However, the reality is that in some situations that is simply not possible. A particularly wet haying season can leave producers with low-qualit... Read More

 
Why Overgrazing Occurs and How to Prevent It
Why Overgrazing Occurs and How to Prevent It
 

More and more, livestock producers are implementing rotational grazing strategies. Despite this fact, many of these producers are making the same mistake over and over again by grazing their pastures too short and returning animals to the pasture too... Read More

 
Four-Step Process for Restoring Pasture
Four-Step Process for Restoring Pasture
 

Restoring a pasture to its former glory can be an overwhelming prospect but is well worth the effort. After all, the fruits of your labor can last for generations to come. If you have hay land that needs some rest, pastureland, or any other type o... Read More

 
Prairie Hay in High Demand
Prairie Hay in High Demand
 

Prairie hay is a unique type of hay with special qualities which have put it in high demand. The best quality prairie hay has a distinctive green color and an unmistakable smell. A majority of prairie hay comes from Kansas where the virgin tallgra... Read More

 
Hay vs. Straw: A Tutorial
Hay vs. Straw: A Tutorial
 

If you thought hay and straw were the same thing, don’t worry. You are not alone. Many people—even some that hail from rural America—can get confused. In an effort to educate those who have trouble telling the difference between hay and stray, thi... Read More

 
Emergency Action Plan Essential to Recover Natural Forage
Emergency Action Plan Essential to Recover Natural Forage
 

While it is something farmers hope they never have to face, it is important that they have a plan for their cows in the event that forage becomes scarce or absent. Drought, wildfires and other disasters are just a few of the way such circumstances ca... Read More

 
Hay Balers with Pre-Cutting Systems Can Pay Off
Hay Balers with Pre-Cutting Systems Can Pay Off
 

If you are considering purchasing a hay baler that includes a pre-cutting system, many experts agree that you are making a good decision. While there may be a few drawbacks to such balers, in the long-run these type of balers will pay off. Balers... Read More

 
Hay is for Horses—and Small Animals, Too!
Hay is for Horses—and Small Animals, Too!
 

Many owners of small pets are surprised to learn that small animals need to have a constant supply of food. Of course, one of the best types of food for animals such as chinchillas, rabbits and guinea pigs is hay. When small animals eat, previousl... Read More

 
For Haying Season to Pay Off this Summer, Prepare this Spring!
For Haying Season to Pay Off this Summer, Prepare this Spring!
 

Farmers looking forward to a quality and lucrative hay season need to rely on more than luck to achieve that type of season. In order for summer haying to pay off, it is important that farmers take a hard look at forages now. It is no secret that... Read More

 
Wider Swaths for Better Hay?
Wider Swaths for Better Hay?
 

Could wider swaths mean better hay and haylage? Researchers are beginning to think so and many hay producers agree, as well. This new system involves harvesting high-moisture forage by cutting it in the morning, harvesting it approximately seven h... Read More

 
Horse and Livestock Hay Markets Require Different Tactics
Horse and Livestock Hay Markets Require Different Tactics
 

Selling hay for horses can be a lucrative enterprise. However, many hay producers mistakenly believe that selling hay for livestock feed is no different than selling hay to horse owners. The truth is, these two markets are drastically different. W... Read More

 
Excellent Care, Quality Diet Help U.S. Dairy Cows Thrive
Excellent Care, Quality Diet Help U.S. Dairy Cows Thrive
 

Around the world, there are more than 800 breeds of cows but very few of those breeds produce milk. Dairy cattle are breeds of cattle that when compared to other cattle produce greater volumes of milk for a greater period of time. The USDA says th... Read More

 
The Advantage of Hay Baleage
The Advantage of Hay Baleage
 

To maximize forage, quality, warm weather is essential. Like anything else that depends on the weather, however, it can be hard to predict success. In the case of hay making, forage quality can suffer if the weather doesn’t cooperate. That’s why bale... Read More

 
Getting the Most Out of Your Hay Fields this Spring
Getting the Most Out of Your Hay Fields this Spring
 

If you are a hay producer, you no doubt want to get the most out of your hay fields. Spring is a crucial time in the management of hay fields and pastures. So what do you need to consider as spring approaches to make sure that your hay fields and... Read More

 
How to Keep Horses Healthy on Spring Pastures
How to Keep Horses Healthy on Spring Pastures
 

It might be difficult to believe now, but spring is right around the corner. And no one loves spring more than horses. The rich abundant green grasses that come with spring, coupled with the excitement of being able to graze once again, may lead y... Read More

 
Should You Grow Your Own Hay?
Should You Grow Your Own Hay?
 

Many farmers and ranchers with adequate acreage often explore the option of growing hay for feeding cows, sheep, or horses. If you are considering growing your own hay, there are many considerations when determining whether the decision is the smart... Read More

 
Tips for Well-Fed Horses
Tips for Well-Fed Horses
 

One of the most important considerations when raising horses is making sure they are well-fed. Feeding mistakes can lead to nutritional deficiencies or excesses that can damage the health of horses. While what and how you feed your horses can have... Read More

 
The Hay Trade in America
The Hay Trade in America
 

The history of hay as a tradeable good in the United States is intertwined with the country’s agrarian past. From its humble beginnings in subsistence farming to its current status as a desirable commodity, the presence or absence of hay has been a c... Read More

 
How to Market Hay for Sale
How to Market Hay for Sale
 

As long as domesticated horses, cattle, and sheep continue to exist, hay will always be a vital crop. Due to severe drought conditions in certain areas of the United States, not all farmers are able to grow a sufficient amount of hay to feed their li... Read More

 
Raising Goats for Meat
Raising Goats for Meat
 

The demand for goat meat, or chevon, in the United States, is growing exponentially. Raising goat for meat would be a wise economic venture. Americans with African, Southern Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Spanish, and Caribbean origins thrive... Read More

 
How to Produce the Highest Quality Hay
How to Produce the Highest Quality Hay
 

If you are growing hay for your own farming operation or to sell to other producers, making sure your hay is the best quality possible is critical to your success. And while no hay bale is the same, it is important that each hay bale you produce is t... Read More

 
Square vs. Round Hay Bales
Square vs. Round Hay Bales
 

While farmers and ranchers know all there is to know about hay and hay bales, not everyone is so informed. In fact, one of the most common questions people want to know as they drive through the country is why some hay bales are round and others squa... Read More

 
Keeping Goats Warm in the Winter
Keeping Goats Warm in the Winter
 

If you raise goats, keeping these animals warm in the winter is an important consideration. No matter whether you are raising goats for fun or profit, if you don’t keep them warm, you can kiss all the fun and profit goodbye. What follows are some... Read More

 
Demand for Grass-Fed Beef Continues to Skyrocket
Demand for Grass-Fed Beef Continues to Skyrocket
 

Experts predict that within the next decade, grass-fed beef could make up to 30 percent of the beef produced in the United States. This growth, however, will bring with it some substantial challenges. The bulk of these challenges are likely to be... Read More

 
New Generation of Hay Trailers May Reduce Hay Waste
New Generation of Hay Trailers May Reduce Hay Waste
 

No matter what your hay needs, at some point you will need to move hay from point A to point B. No matter how far – or short – the distance, some amount of hay waste is inevitable. Thankfully, the amount of waste is decreasing significantly thanks to... Read More

 
The Importance of Commercial Hay Farming
The Importance of Commercial Hay Farming
 

Hay is a product the general public spends little or no time thinking about. The majority of the population has little contact, or so they believe, except for maybe a fall hay ride or an occasional drive by a field containing hay bales. Farmers and h... Read More

 
Keeping Your Cattle Warm in the Winter
Keeping Your Cattle Warm in the Winter
 

With winter comes freezing temperatures, sleet, snow, and ice, and all of these wintertime realities make life extremely difficult for cattle. Humans can simply slip on a pair of gloves, a warm coat, and a hat, but what can ranchers do to keep livest... Read More

 
Why Producers are Growing their Own Hay
Why Producers are Growing their Own Hay
 

Growing and harvesting livestock feed has become common practice among beef producers. While it may seem counterintuitive that a beef producer might grow his own feed, and profit from it, there comes a time in the career of everyone in the industry w... Read More

 
A Brief History of the National Hay Association
A Brief History of the National Hay Association
 

Many people are surprised to learn that there is a National Hay Association (NHA). However, this trade association is extremely important to hay merchants and other individuals and organization that depend on hay and straw to make a living. Founde... Read More

 
What Makes Hay Horse Quality?
What Makes Hay Horse Quality?
 

If you have horses, it is important that you are providing them with the highest quality hay possible. While many hay dealers will tell you that they only sell “horse quality hay,” it is important to realize that this is only a marketing term. If tru... Read More

 
Hay is for Horses, and Cattle, Goats, and Sheep, Too!
Hay is for Horses, and Cattle, Goats, and Sheep, Too!
 

There are a number of different types of hay. Knowing which type is best for your livestock’s nutritional needs will ensure your animals stay as happy and healthy as possible. While some animals will do better on a particular type of hay, much will d... Read More

 
Straw Bale Gardens are Hard to Beat
Straw Bale Gardens are Hard to Beat
 

Have a green thumb but nowhere to garden? You’re not alone. Many people would love to have a garden but are constrained by things like a lack of space or rocky soil. Thankfully, there is help! Straw bale gardening is exactly that – a garden made o... Read More

 
A Short History of Hay Balers
A Short History of Hay Balers
 

Hay balers have been around since the late 1800s, the same time the agricultural industry was evolving thanks to the introduction of many new machines. Before the introduction of the hay baler, bay was stored loose in the upper story of a farmer’s... Read More

 
How to Roll the Perfect Hay Bale
How to Roll the Perfect Hay Bale
 

There is nothing prettier than looking out on a field of perfectly rolled hay bales. And no one appreciates a nicely rolled hay bale more than someone who has tried to do the job! So what is the secret to perfectly formed hay bales? A large part o... Read More

 
Demand for Organic Hay Outpaces Supply
Demand for Organic Hay Outpaces Supply
 

Certification of organic quality is a grueling, albeit rewarding, experience. Farms cannot simply label their hay as organic without undergoing rigorous procedures. The process takes several years, lots of paper work, and official inspections, all to... Read More

 
Hay Bale Hooks 101
Hay Bale Hooks 101
 

Hay bale hooks might seem like one of the least important tools on a farm, but, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Securing and moving hay bales with maximum efficiency can save farmers precious time and energy, making tedious work... Read More

 
Straw Houses Aren’t Just for Little Pigs!
Straw Houses Aren’t Just for Little Pigs!
 

The idea of building a house out of straw sounds like something out of the infamous nursery rhyme involving a certain number of little pigs, not a realistic real estate option. On the contrary, a straw house is actually quite sturdy and building one... Read More

 
Preventing Hay Fires
Preventing Hay Fires
 

Fire is a destructive force that can strike at any moment, and while hay may not be the first thing to come to mind in terms of fire hazards, it is very important to be able to both prevent and react to a hay fire if one does arise. The first and... Read More

 
Is Hay Fever Giving Hay a Bad Rap?
Is Hay Fever Giving Hay a Bad Rap?
 

Hay fever is a colloquialism for allergic rhinitis, a type of seasonal (or sometimes) year-round allergy that affects a little less than 20 percent of the population of the United States. Given the name, it is easy to assume that hay fever is a fe... Read More

 
A Short History of Haymaking
A Short History of Haymaking
 

Haymaking has been a chore for the farmer almost as long as there have been farmers. And while today’s modern machinery and weather prognostication allows for much simpler and faster haymaking, that wasn’t always the case. In the 17th and 18th cen... Read More

 
The Benefits of Hay as Mulch
The Benefits of Hay as Mulch
 

There are a bevy of uses for hay that oftentimes go overlooked. It is, unfortunately, a little-known fact that hay can be composted and used as mulch. Hay is a useful source of mulch in a myriad of ways: it is easily accessible, malleable, clean, rel... Read More

 
The Importance of Cutting Hay at the Proper Stage
The Importance of Cutting Hay at the Proper Stage
 

Cutting hay at the proper stage is a difficult task. If hay is too dry, the value of protein and vitamins in that hay is decreased. Likewise, if hay is not dry enough, it can turn moldy or spoil. Neither type will produce high quality hay bales. W... Read More

 
Quality Hay Can Help Keep Livestock Hydrated
Quality Hay Can Help Keep Livestock Hydrated
 

During the summer months, heat can wreak havoc upon livestock. The adverse effects of overheating not only take a toll on animals themselves, but also on the pocketbooks of the farmers and ranchers who own them. Medical bills can pile up. Worse yet,... Read More

 
Demand for Organic Hay is on the Rise
Demand for Organic Hay is on the Rise
 

Demand for organic products continues to rise, therefore, the demand for organic hay also is on the rise. If you are interested in producing organic products, or selling organic hay to producers of organic products, it is essential that you understan... Read More

 
Horse-Feeding Basics
Horse-Feeding Basics
 

When it comes to the health of your horses, knowing what, when, and how much to feed them is paramount to their good health. As non-ruminant herbivores, horses consumer roughage in the same way as cattle or sheep. However, the stomach of a horse a... Read More

 
Raising Sheep Can be a Rewarding Venture
Raising Sheep Can be a Rewarding Venture
 

There are more than five million head of sheep in the United States and sheep are produced in every U.S. state. The largest sheep ranches are west of the Mississippi River while smaller pasture-based operations tend to be located in the eastern part... Read More

 
Beef Producers Must Plan Ahead for Drought Conditions
Beef Producers Must Plan Ahead for Drought Conditions
 

The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that almost 32 percent of the United States is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought. While this number is down from a year ago, there are still parts of the U.S. that are dealing with drought conditions. Be... Read More

 
Fascinating Cattle Facts
Fascinating Cattle Facts
 

Raising cattle can be a great deal of work. The breed, class, and type of cattle vary and each type of cattle requires different types of management. While beef cattle are generally raised to live with minimal management and to raise calves that are... Read More

 
The Effects of Weathering on Hay
The Effects of Weathering on Hay
 

Hay is the most commonly used stored feed for livestock in the United States. Unfortunately, hay losses are equally common, especially in parts of the country where rainfall amounts are high. Statistics tell us that on many farms, hay storage and... Read More

 
Healthy Pastures = Productive Pastures
Healthy Pastures = Productive Pastures
 

As a farmer, providing quality pasture for your cattle plays an important role in the type of food or milk your livestock provide. When a pasture or hay field is subpar, you can count on your dairy cows to produce lower quality milk and the meat from... Read More

 
Adding Cattle to Your Livestock Mix
Adding Cattle to Your Livestock Mix
 

If you are a small farmer thinking of adding cattle to your mix of livestock, you are not alone. Cattle are popular on farms of all sizes and are generally considered to be less labor intensive than many other animals. While not as labor intensive... Read More

 
Bales of Hay or Straw can Benefit Chickens
Bales of Hay or Straw can Benefit Chickens
 

While not a common practice, providing chickens a bale of hay or straw can be a good thing. Feeding chickens a bale of hay or straw is an inexpensive way to provide food and even entertainment for your birds. Placing a bale in your chicken run all... Read More

 
When Should Livestock be put to Pasture?
When Should Livestock be put to Pasture?
 

Most people are surprised to find that late winter and early spring are the times of year when livestock starvation is most likely to occur. While livestock producers are anxious for spring pastures to turn green, it actually takes several weeks afte... Read More

 
Even Basic Hay Feeders Help to Eliminate Waste
Even Basic Hay Feeders Help to Eliminate Waste
 

The types of hay feeders available today are more plentiful than ever. With so many choices, it is hard for cattle farmers to decide which type is right for their livestock and budget. If you have never used a hay feeder, investing in one – no mat... Read More

 
Cooking Delicious Goat Meat Takes Practice
Cooking Delicious Goat Meat Takes Practice
 

Goat meat is becoming increasingly popular with health-conscious Americans. It is lower in fat than chicken but has a higher protein content than beef. In fact, when compared to other traditional sources of meat, goat meat has fewer calories, fat, an... Read More

 
Alfalfa Hay Underutilized in the Beef Cow Industry
Alfalfa Hay Underutilized in the Beef Cow Industry
 

Winter is a struggle for farmers trying to keep the weight on their cattle. Grazing is limited, and cattle need supplements in order to stay healthy and gain weight. Alfalfa hay is a supplement that does these things for beef cattle. Many farmers bel... Read More

 
Feeding Livestock in the Spring
Feeding Livestock in the Spring
 

The seasons are essential to keep in mind when it comes to livestock feed, and spring is no exception to this rule. There are a few key steps that must be taken in order to ensure that your livestock have enough feed during the spring season. Plan... Read More

 
In Times of Drought, Beef Producers Feel Double the Pain
In Times of Drought, Beef Producers Feel Double the Pain
 

In times of drought, all farmers suffer. Beef producers are hit doubly hard, however. That’s because during a drought, herd productivity is reduced while the cost of livestock feed spikes. Thankfully, there are ways to reduce feed waste during a d... Read More

 
Winter Livestock Feeding Tips
Winter Livestock Feeding Tips
 

Most types of livestock will burn far more energy trying to keep warm in the winter months than they do during warmer seasons. Keeping an adequate food and water supply is essential to maintain good health and proper weight. However, freezing tempera... Read More

 
Tips for Raising Grass Fed Cattle
Tips for Raising Grass Fed Cattle
 

Raising cattle for beef is not a simple task and it involves providing safe, healthy, and balanced diet throughout all stages of the life of cattle. Grass fed beef is recommended for consumption since it does not have negative health effects on human... Read More

 
Why Alfalfa Hay is Healthiest for Horses
Why Alfalfa Hay is Healthiest for Horses
 

Horses deserve the best care that you can afford for them. For them to give it back to you the right way, you must go an extra mile and give the best in terms of hay and other maintenance practices. Speaking of hay, you might be wondering why you sho... Read More

 
When Raising Sheep, Food is an Important Consideration
When Raising Sheep, Food is an Important Consideration
 

There are a number of reasons why people decide to raise sheep. One of the major reasons is that sheep are not as labor intensive and expensive to raise as many other breeds, such as cattle. And contrary to what many people believe, raising sheep can... Read More

 
Feed is an Important Consideration for Goat Owners
Feed is an Important Consideration for Goat Owners
 

If you are planning to raise goats, you will quickly learn that feeding these animals can become expense because of the fact that they are browsers. Browsers prefer trees, bushes, and woody weeds to standing still and eating grass. While it is tru... Read More

 
The Drought and Healthy Food Choices Increase Goat Consumption in the United States
The Drought and Healthy Food Choices Increase Goat Consumption in the United States
 

Consuming goat meat in place of traditional grass fed beef is growing in popularity in the United States. Statistics show that more than 70 percent of the world''s population consumes goat meat while only six percent of people consume red meat. Sever... Read More

 
How to Identify Quality Hay for Horses
How to Identify Quality Hay for Horses
 

It’s true that hay is for horses, but do horses really care about the quality of their hay? Many horse owners will tell you that the answer to that question is an emphatic “Yes!” When it comes to feeding horses, the truth is that good hay is essen... Read More

 
Selecting the Right Bale Feeders for Horse and Cattle
Selecting the Right Bale Feeders for Horse and Cattle
 

How can you make sure you find the most suitable hay feeders for your livestock and horses? Research, research, research! With so many different products on the market, it can be tricky to figure out which one will work best on your farm or ranch. Ul... Read More

 
Grass Fed Cattle Operations Continue to Gain in Popularity
Grass Fed Cattle Operations Continue to Gain in Popularity
 

American farmers are getting back to their roots when it comes to grass fed beef. In 2000, there were approximately 50 grass fed cattle operations in the U.S. but today there are thousands of such operations and this trend shows no signs of slowing. ... Read More

 
Why Feed Sheep with Cone Feeders?
Why Feed Sheep with Cone Feeders?
 

Feeding Sheep with Cone Feeders Farmers learned a long time ago that just dumping hay on the ground for livestock feed was not a good distribution of raw material for the animals, especially the hay at the bottom of the pile. By the time the anima... Read More

 
Storing Round Hay Bales: The Effects of Rain and Humidity
Storing Round Hay Bales: The Effects of Rain and Humidity
 

Several factors go into determining the true cost of the loss of hay from rain and humidity. In fact, the amount of loss from a round bale of hay depends on several factors. Many farmers have switched to round bales over square bales specifically bec... Read More

 
How to Reduce Winter Hay Feeding Costs
How to Reduce Winter Hay Feeding Costs
 

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE If you are trying to eliminate winter hay feeding because of production and labor costs, you are not alone. Most producers would like to do away with such costs completely but that is simply not practica... Read More

 
Why a Round Bale Is the Best for Feeding Goats
Why a Round Bale Is the Best for Feeding Goats
 

Of all the ways to feed your goats, a round bale feeder is the best. That’s because these hay feeders hold round bales well and round bales are more affordable than other bale types. Further, there is minimal supervision that is required while the go... Read More

 
Horse Owners and Experts Tout the Benefits of Round Bale Feeders
Horse Owners and Experts Tout the Benefits of Round Bale Feeders
 

One of the biggest expenses horse owners face is the cost of feed. Fluctuations in the hay market can significantly impact the cost of feeding your horses. Therefore anything you can do to keep the costs of such feed down can positively impact your b... Read More

 
 
 
 
 
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