East Texas hay

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East Texas hay

Post by Bfields30 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:20 am

East TX guys when do y’all start putting out hay for winter? This will be my first winter that I will have cows curious to when Everyone usually starts.



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Re: East Texas hay

Post by Caustic Burno » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:24 am

Bfields30 wrote:East TX guys when do y’all start putting out hay for winter? This will be my first winter that I will have cows curious to when Everyone usually starts.


Looks like November for me.
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Re: East Texas hay

Post by Bfields30 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:51 am

Caustic Burno wrote:
Bfields30 wrote:East TX guys when do y’all start putting out hay for winter? This will be my first winter that I will have cows curious to when Everyone usually starts.


Looks like November for me.

CB how would I determine how much i need for
The whole winter? With 10 cows 3 bred ones the rest heifers

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Re: East Texas hay

Post by greybeard » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:59 am

I'd plan on no less than 30 1000lb bales and that's if it's a normal but relatively dry mild winter.

It' will be late November to start for me unless the weather really changes in a hurry here.
I have a LOT of grass.
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Re: East Texas hay

Post by Bfields30 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:01 am

greybeard wrote:I'd plan on no less than 30 1000lb bales and that's if it's a normal but relatively dry mild winter.

It' will be late November to start for me unless the weather really changes in a hurry here.
I have a LOT of grass.

That’s how many your doing or your saying that’s how many I should get for mine?

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Re: East Texas hay

Post by Farmgirl » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:14 am

Feed months of December-March roughly. One roll per cow per month. if you have ryegrass and clover planted may be able to stop feeding hay in early to mid March depending on moisture. Watch the cows. See when they start going out to graze and leave the hay.

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Re: East Texas hay

Post by Caustic Burno » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:17 pm

Bfields30 wrote:
greybeard wrote:I'd plan on no less than 30 1000lb bales and that's if it's a normal but relatively dry mild winter.

It' will be late November to start for me unless the weather really changes in a hurry here.
I have a LOT of grass.

That’s how many your doing or your saying that’s how many I should get for mine?


GB gave you good advice figure on 3 bales minimum per cow.
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Re: East Texas hay

Post by callmefence » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:29 pm

Figure twice what you need, then double it.
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Re: East Texas hay

Post by 1982vett » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:48 pm

Bfields30 wrote:East TX guys when do y’all start putting out hay for winter? This will be my first winter that I will have cows curious to when Everyone usually starts.

Really depends on winter pasture, but killing frost is where I might put out some hay. Course I put some out at the end of August before we started getting rain that grew grass. Now I will have to see how much the army worms leave behind.....
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Re: East Texas hay

Post by Rafter S » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:10 pm

I start feeding usually mid November. I watch how fast they're eating it, but usually start tapering off about the first week of March, and stop completely in late March. And I generally figure one roll per cow per month.
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Re: East Texas hay

Post by Lucky » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:30 am

Thanksgiving to March 15th on a normal year. Problem is we don’t have normal years anymore. Best to just watch the grass and the cow patties. Sometimes you can supplement cheaper than hay and get them by for awhile longer. I started supplemeting on the 1st gonna be a long year.

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Re: East Texas hay

Post by Caustic Burno » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:45 am

Lucky wrote:Thanksgiving to March 15th on a normal year. Problem is we don’t have normal years anymore. Best to just watch the grass and the cow patties. Sometimes you can supplement cheaper than hay and get them by for awhile longer. I started supplemeting on the 1st gonna be a long year.


I put liquid in the tank September 1st.
Hay is in short supply in my area if we have a long tough winter. I am sitting on 5 bales per head right now. I want them to clean up the pastures as I have a lot of grass conserving my Hay reserves.
I can see some real opportunities on some fine cows come February or March if you have hay.
Then again there is no such thing as too much Hay IMO.
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Re: East Texas hay

Post by greybeard » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:29 pm

Bfields30 wrote:
greybeard wrote:I'd plan on no less than 30 1000lb bales and that's if it's a normal but relatively dry mild winter.

It' will be late November to start for me unless the weather really changes in a hurry here.
I have a LOT of grass.

That’s how many your doing or your saying that’s how many I should get for mine?

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Re: East Texas hay

Post by snoopdog » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:49 pm

I started feeding hay last weekend, we have grass, bit some of it is mature. My cows are in the critical period and I want them to have all they need, fed another bale today. We stock heavy and try to stretch the grass supply, with adjustments for drought etc., but when in doubt, feed. Its cheaper to keep weight on lactating cows, than ir is trying to put it back on them, IMO.
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Re: East Texas hay

Post by Bfields30 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:06 am

snoopdog wrote:I started feeding hay last weekend, we have grass, bit some of it is mature. My cows are in the critical period and I want them to have all they need, fed another bale today. We stock heavy and try to stretch the grass supply, with adjustments for drought etc., but when in doubt, feed. Its cheaper to keep weight on lactating cows, than ir is trying to put it back on them, IMO.

How much do you feed per head

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