Location

Ottumwa, IA

Start Date

18-1-2014 12:00 AM

Description

Recent years of drought and suboptimal hay-making conditions have left many cattlemen in Iowa and much of the country with either reduced or poorer quality forage supplies, thus resulting in sharp forage price increases over the past 2 years. Feed costs in the cow-calf sector are often greater that 60% of total production costs, with a large proportion of that 60% derived from forage expenditures. Thus, evaluating harvested forage management practices and adopting new schemes that may increase forage quality, as well as reduce dry matter (DM) losses and feed wastage, are essential to minimizing wintering feed costs and maintaining profitability.

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Jan 18th, 12:00 AM

Feeding and Economic Considerations for Baleage Use in Cow-calf Diets

Ottumwa, IA

Recent years of drought and suboptimal hay-making conditions have left many cattlemen in Iowa and much of the country with either reduced or poorer quality forage supplies, thus resulting in sharp forage price increases over the past 2 years. Feed costs in the cow-calf sector are often greater that 60% of total production costs, with a large proportion of that 60% derived from forage expenditures. Thus, evaluating harvested forage management practices and adopting new schemes that may increase forage quality, as well as reduce dry matter (DM) losses and feed wastage, are essential to minimizing wintering feed costs and maintaining profitability.