Entries by thehaymanager


If Cows Aren’t Eating Hay, They’re Wasting It

While you probably spend a lot of time trying to figure out how much hay your cows eat, the better strategy is to focus on hay waste. Hay waste includes parts of bales that spoil while stored, hay that is dropped on its way to the feeder and hay that goes unused during feeding. It comes down to this fact: If you want to know if your cows’ nutritional needs are being met, feed efficiency is key.

Five Elements of High-Quality Corn Silage

Corn silage contains grain and forage. This allows for dense energy from kernels and rumen-stimulating fiber from husks, leaves, and stalks. High-quality corn silage begins with the correct hybrid selection, careful management in the field, and correct packing and covering. Specifically, quality corn silage comes down to five key elements:

Is Hay Tedding Enjoying a Revival?

Hay tedding has been around for centuries but fell out of favor when it was seen as leading to leaf loss. However, it turns out that hay tedding may have gotten a bad rap and producers today are taking a new look at its benefits.

In the simplest terms, hay tedding is when hay is lifted and separated to speed up drying time. The faster the hay is dried, the more flexibility it is believed to offer hay producers. This, in turn, results in a higher quality forage.

Hay Price Predictions

In 2014, hay prices skyrocketed across the country. In 2016, the opposite occurred. Since these two eventful years, hay prices have remained relatively stable, however. Nevertheless, every year it is possible for there to be large upward or downward movement on hay prices. And while predicting what these prices will look like is no exact science, there are still a couple of factors that are worth examining.