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Hay as Feed for Small Animals and Pets is a Great Option

Ask small pet owners what they were most surprised to learn about caring for small pets and you are likely to hear how much food these animals require. From guinea pig to rabbits the amount of food – specifically hay – that these animals consume is remarkable. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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Does Growing Your Own Hay Make Good Financial Sense?

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether growing your own hay or purchasing makes good financial sense. And making a decision based on cost alone isn’t usually a wise move. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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Limiting Hay Loss Especially Important This Winter

If you are a livestock producer, hay is something you always need. And you always want that hay to be plentiful and of the highest quality. Limiting hay loss is also important. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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The Importance of Monitoring Weanling Nutrition

Many horse owners wait until their foal is weaned before mapping out a diet plan that meets its growing nutritional requirements. This is a critical mistake and one that can have detrimental effects on a young horse. Click here to know about the importance of monitoring weanling nutrition.

 
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Proper Silage Harvest Management Key to Quality Feed

Forage inventories are low this year so it is critical that all aspects of the silage harvest are managed well. This includes moisture levels, kernel processing and chop length. Read more to know about proper silage harvest management key to quality feed

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The Wisdom of Stockpiling Perennial Pastures

When it comes to livestock and crops, planning ahead always makes sense. This is especially true for grazing operations. Advanced planning in late summer allows you to come up with a strategy for stockpiling a portion of perennial pastures. Read more to know about the wisdom of stockpiling perennial pastures.

 
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Preserving the Life of Stored Hay

If you want to get the most bang for your buck out of your forage, it is vital that you store your hay well. Poorly-stored hay will deteriorate quickly and leave you liable to incur significant financial losses. Here are some storage tips to avoid such a disaster. Read more to know about preserving the life of stored hay.

 
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Growing Concern in the Dairy Industry Regarding Forage Inventory

There is growing concern in the dairy industry about forage inventory. Specifically, the lack of high-quality forage. Thankfully, there are options that can stretch forage inventory and allow for lower quality forages to be used without negatively impacting milk yields. This is good news for the dairy industry already dealing with poor economic conditions. Read more to know about Growing concern in the dairy industry regarding forage inventory.

 
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Consult Crop Insurance Provider Regarding Delayed and Prevented Planting Fields

There are times when planting acres is simply not an option for farmers. This is the case in many parts of the Midwest after historic flooding. Click here to read more details on this topic.

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What to Consider When Making Your Own Baleage

One great way to reduce waste and to shorten the amount of time to harvest is to make your own baleage. If done correctly, such a project can increase the quality of feed without being a financial burden. However, it is essential to understand the steps that need to be taken to make quality baleage so that the time and resources put into doing so do not go to waste. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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Cows at Risk of Death from High Nitrate Levels

Feeding cattle poor-quality hay is never a good option. In fact, feeding cows poor-quality hay that contains too much nitrate can be a fatal mistake. Click here to read more detais on this topic.

 
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How Much Water is Required for Livestock?

The feed requirements of livestock is carefully considered by producers and much time, energy and research goes into determining those requirements. But are these same producers as concerned with the water requirements of livestock? Read more to know how much water is required for livestock.

 
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Four Ways to Prevent Heat Stress in Cattle

After a long, cold winter, it is difficult to imagine scorching heat. However, summer is almost upon us. As always, being prepared ahead of time makes managing the impact of heat on cattle easier and more effective. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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How You Feed Your Cattle in the Winter May Improve Overall Soil Fertility

For years, the beef industry has been forced to reduce input costs due to small profit margins. Further, significant variations in financial returns means that management decisions vary greatly from year to year. Read more to know how you feed your cattle in the winter may improve overall soil fertility.

 
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Can Feeding Schedules Impact Timing of Calving?

Producers who supervise first-calf heifers throughout the night say it does wonders to protect their bottom line. And while it certainly helps with calf mortality, some experts suggest that such supervision doesn’t have to take place late at night and into the wee hours the morning. Click here to read more details on this topic.

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