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Maximizing Hay Fields in the Spring

Hay producers want – and need – to get the most out of their hay fields. That is why spring is such an important time of year when it comes to the management of hay fields and pastures. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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Higher Forage Rations Can Make Sense for Dairy Cows

Studies have shown that forage feeding levels are on the rise. This is in part due to improvements in forage quality, corn hybrid yields and available forage varieties. Advances in production, management and storage methods also have played a part. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 

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How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Impacting Cattle Feeding Options

The market volatility associated with the coronavirus pandemic means that cattle producers must carefully consider their options when it comes to cattle they have on inventory. Read more to know how the coronavirus pandemic is imapcting cattle feeding options.

 
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Coronavirus Causing Major Supply Chain Issues for the Agriculture Industry

The Coronavirus crisis is impacting every aspect of the U.S. economy. This includes agriculture. While it is true that businesses such as restaurants are taking a sudden and substantial hit, the hit to agriculture will likely be in the form of a prolonged downturn. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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Straw or Hay Bales are Good for Chickens

While not common, providing chickens a bale of straw or hay can be a good thing. It’s an inexpensive way to provide food and a little entertainment to these animals. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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How to Transform Standing Forage into Livestock Feed

A critical issue that forage growers face is converting high quality standing forage from the field into quality livestock feed suitable for storage. In order to meet this challenge, carefully timed management is necessary. Read more to know how to transform standing forage into livestock feed.

 
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Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Goats

Many people are surprised to learn that goats have very specific nutritional needs. Meeting the nutritional needs of goats can be done with grazing on plants, but it’s not always enough. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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What is the Best Kind of Hay for Chickens?

While not common, providing hay for chickens can be a good thing. It’s an inexpensive way to provide food and a little entertainment to these animals. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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Should Ditch Hay be Used to Supplement Costly Forages?

Many producers will tell you that ditch hay can provide welcome additional hay tonnage to winter feed supplies. While ditch hay is clearly not the first choice of producers, it is an affordable way to supplement costly forages. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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How to Keep Goats Warm and Happy All Winter Long

Winter is in full swing and with it the cold temperatures and snowy weather. Whether you raise goats for companionship or profit, keeping them warm and dry is essential to their good health. Read more to know how to keep goats warm and happy all winter long.

 
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Tips for Keeping Livestock Healthy This Winter

Livestock burn energy trying to keep warm in the winter months. Keeping an adequate food and water supply, therefore, is essential to these animals maintaining good health and proper weight. Unfortunately, freezing temperatures and the staggering amount of the food that needs to be kept available can make keeping livestock healthy this winter seem overwhelming. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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Feeding Cows at Night Reduces Overnight Calving

Producers who supervise first-calf heifers throughout the night know they need to protect their bottom line. It definitely helps to supervise, but some experts suggest you do not have to stay up all night.  Studies have shown that feeding cows at night reduces overnight calving. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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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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