Hay for winter

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Hay for winter

Postby Pointer1160 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:01 pm

I live in Arkansas so winters are not especially bad. Just approximating, how many 4x5 rolls of hay would it take to feed a 675lb. Heifer from November to March? Thanks for your help.
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Re: Hay for winter

Postby M.Magis » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:05 pm

If it was kept dry, I would think two and you’d have some left over. But if its in the weather, I would expect a lot of waste because it’ll be sitting out so long.
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Re: Hay for winter

Postby Pointer1160 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:11 pm

The hay will be in the elements.
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Re: Hay for winter

Postby Lucky » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:26 pm

Try to get square hay so you won’t waste as much.
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Re: Hay for winter

Postby farmerjan » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:52 am

A growing 650+ lb. heifer is going to eat nearly as much as an adult cow because she needs feed to grow on. If she is getting some grain along then not so much. We figure 1 5x5 roll per cow per 20 days here in Va for the winter. That is averaging the ones with calves and the ones without. I would want to have at least 4 rolls on hand minimum, 1 per month. Keep the ones covered with a tarp to protect them and then when they are uncovered and put out to be fed there will be a little less waste. Unless you are in a drought area, then hay should be not too expensive. Don't know what kind of hay you are looking at.

Small square bales would definitely be less waste, but you have to have a place to store them and then if you get bad weather, can you get around to feed them if it is mud or snow.? It sounds like the hay will be fed out in pasture not in a barn area.
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Re: Hay for winter

Postby snoopdog » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:12 pm

Feeding one, use small squares , even if the cost is more upfront , it'll be less in the end , and she'll do better with fresh hay.
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Re: Hay for winter

Postby willow bottom » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:03 pm

rule of thumb in the south (central MS.) is 4 bales per head for the winter
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