Watch for prussic acid poisoning. If you are working with grass hay or haylage, Baker advises to keep an eye out for prussic acid poisoning. “The bottom portion of the stem poses the most danger.”
Get a handle on what the forage inventory looks like for your operation. Talk with your nutritionist today to put a plan in place to help control feed cost through 2013 and still allow for high production and a healthy rumen, says Baker, noting that producers may need to look to forage and fiber extenders to fill a void in inventory.
“Regardless of the forages you are presented with, it should always be top of mind to feed every cow, exactly what she needs, where she needs it, when she needs it – nothing more and nothing less,” says Baker. This approach will aid dairy farmers in capturing opportunities for improved efficiency.
For more information on feeding drought-stressed forages, contact your local Purina Animal Nutrition representative or go to: www.lolfeed.com.
Source: Purina Animal Nutrition LLC