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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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Average daily gain (ADG) is a widely used benchmark in the beef industry. A high weight at weaning is the sum of about 200 days of growth, with a high rate of growth each day.

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Last winter, a university ag economist told a group of producers in the Midwest he wouldn’t advise his students to pursue studies that fulfill their personal dreams.

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Stoltzfus Hay Farm started with only 16 acres of hay and borrowed equipment, but grew into a diverse business that supports two generations. This is a classic story of a father mentoring and transitioning his hay business to his sons.

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Problem: You’re frustrated – you send hay samples to multiple labs and the variability between them is high. What gives?

Yes, variability among labs exists; no one denies that. Before we lay blame on the lab, however, let’s make sure you understand the analysis.

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You say you have Supreme hay and want top dollar for it. The buyers say, “Prove it,” because they aren’t paying a dime more than they have to. And that’s when your expertise at choosing a lab and taking hay samples really affects outcome. If you “do it right,” you can indeed prove its value.

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Employee work ethics can result in either profit or loss for the forage grower, so it is wise to devote ample time to personnel management. You don’t want an inferior employee operating a $50,000 round baler.

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