Presenter Information

Don Ball, Auburn University

Start Date

28-2-2009 12:00 AM

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The areas of adaptation of individual forage crop species differ greatly, the soils and sites available for forage production vary greatly (often even on a given farm), various species and classes of livestock are produced on different farms, and producers have widely differing resources and objectives. As a result, no two forage/livestock operations are exactly alike, and there is no one specific “correct” forage program. However, there are several key factors or concepts that have general application with regard to cost efficiency, and these will be the focus of this paper. These factors have always been important, but they loom as being even more important than ever in these days of high production inputs.

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Feb 28th, 12:00 AM

Forage Production Efficiency Factors

The areas of adaptation of individual forage crop species differ greatly, the soils and sites available for forage production vary greatly (often even on a given farm), various species and classes of livestock are produced on different farms, and producers have widely differing resources and objectives. As a result, no two forage/livestock operations are exactly alike, and there is no one specific “correct” forage program. However, there are several key factors or concepts that have general application with regard to cost efficiency, and these will be the focus of this paper. These factors have always been important, but they loom as being even more important than ever in these days of high production inputs.