Amount of hay fed in winter

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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:14 pm

I must say I am impressed. We're about 45 miles south of Cincinnati and our winters seem to be long and cold. I think we could do a better job stockpiling fescue. If I were living on the farm full time I have no doubt I could stretch our pastures further with rotational grazing.

My hat is off to you Banjo, keep up the good work!
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby sim.-ang.king » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:21 pm

More stockpiled fecue, saves a lot of hay, and don't refuse crop residue, or cover crops.
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby Silver » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:31 am

I like to have at least 9,500 lbs of hay per cow per year. That should leave me a little carry over, but not necessarily.
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby TexasBred » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:00 am

Silver wrote:I like to have at least 9,500 lbs of hay per cow per year. That should leave me a little carry over, but not necessarily.

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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby True Grit Farms » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:12 am

Silver wrote:I like to have at least 9,500 lbs of hay per cow per year. That should leave me a little carry over, but not necessarily.

Holly cow.
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby Hogtiming » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:55 am

[quote="Silver"]I like to have at least 9,500 lbs of hay per cow per year. That should leave me a little carry over, but not necessarily.[/quote. Holy smokes. I would just sell my cows before winter or hit the lotto
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby callmefence » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:38 pm

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Silver wrote:I like to have at least 9,500 lbs of hay per cow per year. That should leave me a little carry over, but not necessarily.


:bs:
I don't mean your full of it.
I mean your :bs: ing us.
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby JMJ Farms » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:51 pm

callmefence wrote::bs:
Silver wrote:I like to have at least 9,500 lbs of hay per cow per year. That should leave me a little carry over, but not necessarily.


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I don't mean your full of it.
I mean your :bs: ing us.


I hope so. If not then he’s feeding 35lbs/head/per day for 270 days outta the year. Didn’t check to see where Silver is from but if that’s not a miscalculation then it’s either real cold long winters there or he’s gots some mighty big cows :???:

Edited to add looks like he’s in British Columbia. I’m not familiar with Canada but I’m guessing it’s possible he may be feeding that much. IDK.
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby kentuckyguy » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:20 pm

I’m in northeastern Ky and last year we fed 170 4x4 rolls to 18 cows. We have a fall calving herd and all the cows had calves on them from October on.

Seemed like last year we had to start feeding hay earlier and then had a slow start to spring.

We got really dry last fall and didn’t and the pasture fields suffered. I was baling dry hay in October.
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby Silver » Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:09 pm

On a good winter we feed over 210 days. Some times over 230 days. I want at least 40 lbs per cow per day. I also like a cushion in case things get bad. I might waste some but I like to keep them in good shape. 5 5x6 bales (#1600 lbs or so) is the bare minimum to try to get through on, 5.5 bales per head is common, but like I said it's nice to have a little more.
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby callmefence » Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:11 pm

We try to have about 200 1000 pound rolls for around 80 grown cows. About half will have calves. And expect to carry some until the summer dry and hot. They are all kept on pasture. Deer season knocks us back to 470 acres of winter pasture with around 40 acres in oat pasture. Deer season cost me more hay than winter.
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby Stocker Steve » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:10 pm

700 round bales
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby Stocker Steve » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:17 pm

sim.-ang.king wrote:More stockpiled fecue, saves a lot of hay, and don't refuse crop residue, or cover crops.


I think there is a point in snow country at which more stockpiling will reduce cow/calf profits on a fixed land base. So one of my 2018 farmer experiments is to swath graze sorghum sudan.

What months do you consider practical for grazing stockpile?

Have you tried to look at profitability with more/less stocking density and more/less stockpiling vs. winter hay feeding?
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby chevytaHOE5674 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:06 pm

Sounds about like here Silver. Last year I fed 9000lbs per cow and came thru with some carry over.

Some guys tried swath grazing here but it never worked out. With our heavy snowfall by the time they got to grazing the swaths it was matted to the dirt and rotted.
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Re: Amount of hay fed in winter

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:26 pm

kentuckyguy wrote:I’m in northeastern Ky and last year we fed 170 4x4 rolls to 18 cows. We have a fall calving herd and all the cows had calves on them from October on.

Seemed like last year we had to start feeding hay earlier and then had a slow start to spring.

We got really dry last fall and didn’t and the pasture fields suffered. I was baling dry hay in October.


We feed just over 1,000 rolls of 4x5's. Approximately 150 head.
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