Stockpile or hay?

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Stockpile or hay?

Postby kickinbull » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:50 pm

Which do you prefer?
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Re: Stockpile or hay?

Postby kenny thomas » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:56 pm

Stockpile. No work, usually higher protein.
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Re: Stockpile or hay?

Postby True Grit Farms » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:03 pm

We do hay, our grasses don't stockpile.
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Re: Stockpile or hay?

Postby Nesikep » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:12 pm

If you get a lot of snow, stockpiled stuff will be inaccessible to the cows and you'll lose a lot. I try and stockpile enough to get me to christmas
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Re: Stockpile or hay?

Postby kenny thomas » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:18 pm

kickinbull is at the same distance north/south that I am just a little west. Fescue should do well there and very little snow.
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Re: Stockpile or hay?

Postby littletom » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:25 pm

Stockpile whole lot cheaper
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Re: Stockpile or hay?

Postby dun » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:16 pm

Some of both. You will always need hay for some unforeseen event/circumstance.
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Re: Stockpile or hay?

Postby kenny thomas » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:27 pm

dun wrote:Some of both. You will always need hay for some unforeseen event/circumstance.

I agree, even though I love stockpile I keep a winters worth of hay in the barn just in case.
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Re: Stockpile or hay?

Postby dun » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:02 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
dun wrote:Some of both. You will always need hay for some unforeseen event/circumstance.

I agree, even though I love stockpile I keep a winters worth of hay in the barn just in case.

This year we used hay for 2 months during the summer. Still have more than enough for the winter.
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Re: Stockpile or hay?

Postby Stocker Steve » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:49 pm

Neither.

An approach in snow country is to try to match cow stocking rate to fall pasture capacity. This would seem to compete with stockpiling, but stockpiled grass is not worth much in deep snow. Some will stockpile SS or corn for winter grazing in snow, but they cost a lot more than fescue. Stocking rate is a complicated thing with a lot of trade offs.

Then there is still the spring flush to manage profitably. So either you find a way to make inexpensive balage or you find a way to make variable stocking rate work. In snow country.
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