Dairy producers in drought-stricken areas are looking for forage alternatives to extend their current feed supply, without sacrificing feed intake and milk production.
Corn stalks appear to be a cost-effective purchase to supplement forage inventories, says Frank Wardynski, ruminant educator with Michigan State University Extension. However, you must use caution not to overfeed them. Over-feeding corn stalks, particularly to lactating cows, will result in feeding a ration high in fiber content that will slow passage and reduce dry matter intake.
Also, see Wardynski’s recommendations for feeding corn stalks to dry cows and heifers.
Source: Michigan State University Extension