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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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I’m an agricultural economist at a land-grant university. One advantage I have in my work is I also farm; I grass-finish cattle and have partnerships on cow-calf and sheep operations in other locations.

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Leasing land is sometimes a pain. Hence, producers may be inclined to take the path of least resistance. Sometimes that path is just fine, but other times it can lead to more headaches than anticipated.

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As farmers accustomed to the straightforward, the world of finance may seem like a neglected water trough.

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Amy Freeburg was elected president of the National Hay Association in September 2017.

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Since the mid-1800s, there have been efforts to characterize the value of forage and predict its effects on animal production. Joe Burns defined this issue with, “The characteristic of a forage that composes its nutritive value (NVAL) and its consumption and conversion by the animal determines the quality of the nutrient entity and provides an estimate of its forage quality.”

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When pasture production is limited (drought, temperatures, etc.), there are other opportunities to continue to provide forage for livestock. Some of those opportunities could include hay production, stockpiled forage or baleage.

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