Discuss grasses and how to grow and harvest them.
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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?
Should be "fair" especially for beef cows but be darned if I'd pay him a premium for it.
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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.
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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