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Silage

Plan your silage production from seed selection to harvest and packing the pile with tips from these ag professionals.

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The use of silage on backgrounding operations offers many benefits, particularly for those producers who own or rent crop ground. Finishing rations typically include 5 to 15 percent silage for roughage.

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A total mixed ration (TMR) is defined as a method of feeding cows that combines feeds formulated to a specific nutrient content into a single feed mix that contains forages, grains, protein sources, minerals, vitamins and feed additives. This method of feeding has been highly adopted since the 1950s because it allows cows to consume a nutritionally balanced meal with every bite. Feeding a TMR has both advantages and disadvantages.

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Corn silage is the predominant forage source used in dairy cattle diets. High-quality silage supplies energy and physically effective fiber to high-producing animals.

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The 2018 silage harvest is complete, and it’s time to plan seed purchases for next year. But how do you make informed choices about next year’s hybrids without having a decent grasp on how your herd is responding to this year’s crop?

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Most farmers wouldn’t go to town without some sort of shopping list, either in his or her mind or on paper.

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Early adopter – that’s how many would describe Ray Robinson of Moo Mountain Milk Inc. in Burley, Idaho.

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