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Harvest & Storage

Forage quality doesn’t increase after harvest, so it’s critical to achieve optimal harvest and store it right to reduce loss. Let our experts tell you how.

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We all like scores: golf scores, bowling scores, limestone scores – single numbers that tell us volumes about complex situations. We use scores all the time. A bowling score of 300 is not just good; it’s a perfect game. A golf score of 300 is, well, not. Sometimes scores go by different names.

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Improving forage quality continues to be a hot topic for dairy managers and nutritionists as they look for ways to support higher levels of herd production.

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When it comes to bale wrapping, there may be a little more wiggle room for putting up a quality product than once thought – according to research at the University of Arkansas and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

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When offering advice on dairy ration formulation, one of the phrases often mentioned is: “Test your forages.” Nutritionists seek to learn the nutrient composition in order to balance for energy, amino acids, fat and other nutrients.

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The High Plains are a subregion of the Great Plains and occupy parts of eight states, including Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

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There are several factors involved in getting hay dry. When we imagine perfect hay-drying weather, we think of things like a hot sunny day with a nice breeze. While these things are important, they are not all equally important.

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