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Tips for feeding baleage

Baled silage, or “baleage,” is an excellent way for livestock producers to harvest, storage, and feed forage. Feeding baleage is much different than feeding hay due to the higher moisture content. This higher moisture content makes it much more susceptible to deterioration. Let’s discuss some ways to decrease waste during…
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Placing value on harvested forages

Every once in a while, I will get a comment or question about how to charge for hay. Growers need to know their cost of production to calculate the profitability of their operation. A production budget is a way to organize revenue, expenses and then calculate profit for the commodity…
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Soil Health is Vital

Masks, hand washing, social distancing, vaccines, quarantine; words that are excessively familiar this day and time. What do you think of when you hear these words? My first thought is health. You have now began checking your website because you supposedly pulled up UGA Extension’s Forage Team Newsletter, but don’t…
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Testing for Nitrates in Your Forages

It seems like every summer I get calls from hay producers and cattlemen worried that a lack of timely rain or over-fertilization will cause their forage to be high in nitrates. Every winter I get calls from producers with dead cattle or late term abortions, that are worried that the…
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Make your forage new year’s resolutions

A survey reported online recently by ‘Progressive Cattle’ asked cattlemen what aspect of their management they would most like to improve. By a wide margin, “Grazing” was identified as the item that benefit from an upgrade. Many producers recognize intuitively how influential grazing management can be on the success of a…
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Understanding forage reports for horses

With over 80,000 head of horses in the state of Georgia, horse owners are looking for efficient and nutritional forage options.  Horses are naturally meant to consume a forage-based diet and on average, should consume at least one percent of its body weight in forages.  In most instances, pasture and…
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Fire Ant Control

To be so tiny, ants can cause lots of turmoil in our hayfields and pastures including equipment damage, employee harm (i.e. loading square bales), and just plain aggravation. Many times we as livestock or hay producers have what we consider more pressing things to attend to: fertilizing, armyworm control, or…
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Bale Grazing 101

The late Alan Nation, longtime editor of ‘The Stockman Grass Farmer’ was fond of encouraging readers to identify any “unfair advantage” they had and to use that advantage to the fullest. Those advantages may be very specific to a particular operation or they may be more regional. In the Southeast,…
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Minimizing Hay Storage and Feeding Losses

Hay is the most widely grown, mechanically-harvested agronomic crop in the United States. According to USDA, in 2019, the United States produced more than 57.7 million acres of forage crops harvested for hay. Annual production from this acreage is over 140 million tons of hay valued at more than 18…
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