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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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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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