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fields of daisies

Posted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:38 am
by boondocks
My hay fields have always had a good many daisies but this year is a bumper crop. Is there an amount that's too much for cows (in hay; they won't be grazing it)? Much protein? Does it matter what stage they're baled at? They're in full flower now

Re: fields of daisies

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:50 pm
by BigBear
Good question. I have never seen them before here and now they are everywhere. Daisy weeds. We baled them up for first cut but seems like they are being avoided in the pasture. :|

Re: fields of daisies

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:07 pm
by Dave
If they are ox eyed daisies it is pretty much a sure sign of low soil fertility.

Re: fields of daisies

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:48 am
by boondocks
Dave wrote:If they are ox eyed daisies it is pretty much a sure sign of low soil fertility.

Thanks. That's interesting. We have a lot of them, even in fields that were soil tested last year and tests said they were pretty good shape.
I couldn't find much info on whether they are palatable for cows to graze, or what affect they have in hay, and whether it matters what stage they're in.
They're pretty endemic around here.

Re: fields of daisies

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:49 am
by boondocks
BigBear wrote:Good question. I have never seen them before here and now they are everywhere. Daisy weeds. We baled them up for first cut but seems like they are being avoided in the pasture. :|


Do your cows eat them ok in the hay?

Re: fields of daisies

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:38 pm
by cowboy43
Be a good place to be buried ( Pushing up daisies) :hide:

Re: fields of daisies

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:42 pm
by boondocks
cowboy43 wrote:Be a good place to be buried ( Pushing up daisies) :hide:

well it would help with the apparent poor soil fertility :lol:

Re: fields of daisies

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:12 pm
by BigBear
boondocks wrote:
BigBear wrote:Good question. I have never seen them before here and now they are everywhere. Daisy weeds. We baled them up for first cut but seems like they are being avoided in the pasture. :|


Do your cows eat them ok in the hay?


Not sure. We will find out this winter. They seem to avoid them in the pasture but there's lots of better grass and red clover available to them as well.

Re: fields of daisies

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:34 pm
by boondocks
BigBear wrote:
boondocks wrote:
BigBear wrote:Good question. I have never seen them before here and now they are everywhere. Daisy weeds. We baled them up for first cut but seems like they are being avoided in the pasture. :|


Do your cows eat them ok in the hay?


Not sure. We will find out this winter. They seem to avoid them in the pasture but there's lots of better grass and red clover available to them as well.


Gotcha. Guess I won't find out if they'll eat them in hay since I can't get anyone to bale it :bang: