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Hay analysis results.

Post by True Grit Farms » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:42 am

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What if anything do I need to add to the hay to make the TDN over 50%? This is the best hay I have, I'm happy with the protein level but the TDN level stinks. I just pulled the hay sample off the top of a bale in a feed trailer so the moisture levels are probably a little out of wack. The cows are getting by for now on the hay and 5lbs of corn - wcs every other day. But if we get a run of cold nasty wet weather it looks we could have some problems. I'd like to keep it on the cheap, but don't want it to cost any cows. Thanks


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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by M-5 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:16 am

I would say you will be ok with what your doing. You know dam well that is not how you pull samples to get accurate results. I would think if it was done right your protein and tdn would be a little higher.
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by sim.-ang.king » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:08 am

If they're doing fine, then your doing ok. Might have too feed corn everyday if things get worse. Energy will be their main need in colder weather.
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by True Grit Farms » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:34 pm

M-5 wrote:I would say you will be ok with what your doing. You know dam well that is not how you pull samples to get accurate results. I would think if it was done right your protein and tdn would be a little higher.

With the Christmas holidays it was better than 5 weeks to get the hay sample back. We knew something wasn't right so I just grabbed a bag full and sent it off. Then the worm and fluke deal happened about week or two later. Everything takes forever in the cow business, but stuff can really sneak up one you when you don't stay on top of it.
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:48 pm

Move north, grow fescue with 19% protein. Forget feeding hay.
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by True Grit Farms » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:20 pm

kenny thomas wrote:Move north, grow fescue with 19% protein. Forget feeding hay.

I don't want to mow grass during the winter.
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:36 pm

Sprayed roundup tonight
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by sstterry » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:40 pm

kenny thomas wrote:Move north, grow fescue with 19% protein. Forget feeding hay.


I assume it is Kentucky 31 you are growing and not some other type?

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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:50 pm

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kenny thomas wrote:Move north, grow fescue with 19% protein. Forget feeding hay.


I assume it is Kentucky 31 you are growing and not some other type?

Yes, it's easier to manage what grows wild than to change it so something else.
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by True Grit Farms » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:03 pm

I figured y'all were hiding the hay behind the hills and just letting the cows in the green during the day to show out. When do you think you'll need to start feeding hay Kenny?
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:25 pm

I have 3-4 weeks of grass yet. But I fed part of November and 2 weeks of December.
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:31 pm

kenny thomas wrote:I have 3-4 weeks of grass yet. But I fed part of November and 2 weeks of December.


I think I'll follow your model next year Kenny, right after I sell off 80-100 head.
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:38 pm

Save money on hay.
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:39 pm

Graze all the farm and add 80-100 head
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Re: Hay analysis results.

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:45 pm

Getting all hay off the farm now. Pretty much at maximum capacity already.
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