As spring approaches, it is time to get ready to harvest winter annual forages. These forages can provide high quality forage for use in rations throughout the year when harvested in the correct stage of maturity and stored properly.
Taking the long view of your farm operation can be challenging. Most people have to-do lists full of daily goals and priorities. But it is more rewarding to think about where you want your alfalfa enterprise
By J.W. Schroeder, Dairy Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
To ensure constant feed availability and account for feed refusal or weigh back, you must deliver more feed to a pen of dairy cows than those cows will consume. Common recommendations in dairy circles indicate producers should expect 2 to 5 percent feed refusal or weigh back.
By Derek Nolan, Donna Amaral-Phillips, Ph.D. and Jeffrey Bewley, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Researchers at the University of Kentucky review research that shows young heifers exposed to more hours of light were more feed-efficient; had increased lean-tissue growth; and produced more milk early in their first lactations.
Farm magazines are buzzing with news about reduced lignin alfalfa varieties. Alforex Seeds is marketing two Hi-Gest® varieties for 2015 (one with a fall dormancy rating of 3 which is suitable for Northern regions) and Monsanto planning the sale of HarvXtra™, a glyphosate-resistant alfalfa, for 2016. Where does this new technology fit on your farm? That will depend on how you intend on using reduced lignin alfalfa, and also whether you seed a forage grass with alfalfa.