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Forage Production

Whether you graze, chop, ensile, bag or bale forage, we offer practical information for your hay, silage and pasture needs.

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You’re in your easy chair with your boots off, settling in for the night after a good supper, just starting to doze off when the neighbor calls, “Hey, your cows are out.”

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While fencing is not technically a four-letter word, it might as well be. Who hasn’t been irritated with invisible fiberglass shards under the skin for several days after setting a hot-wire fence, and then chased the cows in after they tore it down for the third time?

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There isn’t a much more sickening feeling than to watch a group of hungry cows start falling over dead after feeding them a fresh bale of hay. Yet, that’s exactly what can happen when hay containing a high concentration of nitrates is fed incorrectly.

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Hay is an important part of beef cattle nutrition in most operations. Good-quality hay is high in energy and, depending upon plant composition and amount of fertilization, it can be high in protein. It is used to replace depleted nutrients in standing forages during winter months and periods of prolonged drought.

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“Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success.”
—David O. McKay

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For most people, 4-H is a fun activity during childhood and through high school. For Austin Howe and his five younger siblings, it has turned into much more than that.

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