Buying full bloom Alfalfa hay ?

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Buying full bloom Alfalfa hay ?

Postby Stocker Steve » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:06 am

Looking at buying a shed full of mature - - not dairy quality - - course first cutting alfalfa hay for third trimester cows. Seller wants a premium over grass hay, but feed value tables say full bloom alfalfa has a bit more protein but about the same TDN as grass. Where would you value it compared to upland grass hay?
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Re: Buying full bloom Alfalfa hay ?

Postby TexasBred » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:55 pm

Should be "fair" especially for beef cows but be darned if I'd pay him a premium for it.
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Re: Buying full bloom Alfalfa hay ?

Postby Stocker Steve » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:01 pm

The only way I thought it might be of some additional value was as heifer hay?
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Re: Buying full bloom Alfalfa hay ?

Postby Dave » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:40 am

I would wonder what the difference is in the fiber number between this hay and dairy quality. The market report here has about $30-$40 dollar difference per ton between premium (dairy quality) and good/fair (feeder quality). I see grass hay advertised for roughly the same dollars as feeder quality alfalfa.
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Re: Buying full bloom Alfalfa hay ?

Postby Waterway65 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:57 pm

Usually full bloom alfalfa isn't particularly palatable. It has a tendency to drop leaves as it is being put up more so than more immature alfalfas. If you do buy it I would recommend grinding it.
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