grazing alfalfa/grass hay field

Discuss grasses and how to grow and harvest them.
Post Reply
BryanM
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 155
Joined: Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:24 pm
Location: ohio

grazing alfalfa/grass hay field

Post by BryanM » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:06 am

Is there any dangers in grazing an alalfa/grass hay field? With preg cows and calves? this fall

turklilley
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 170
Joined: Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:45 pm
Location: Central PA

Re: grazing alfalfa/grass hay field

Post by turklilley » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:09 pm

I do it every year, my last cutting of the year gets grazed.

User avatar
TCRanch
GURU
GURU
Posts: 3447
Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:21 am
Location: Winfield, KS
Has thanked: 65 times
Been thanked: 16 times

Re: grazing alfalfa/grass hay field

Post by TCRanch » Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:48 pm

I'd suggest contacting your local or the closest Ohio State Extension, NCRS or even the Coop. We never let ours graze the alfalfa when we had it but a bull got out, didn't find him until the next morning & he ended up with a nasty case of bloat.

User avatar
Silver
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1176
Joined: Tue May 19, 2009 12:08 am
Location: BC Peace River country
Has thanked: 72 times
Been thanked: 94 times

Re: grazing alfalfa/grass hay field

Post by Silver » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:13 pm

Our cows always take our last cut also. I like to wait until after the frost has killed it, but that seldom happens. If it's a grass / alfalfa mix the cows tend to do fine. It's not a bad idea to have an available dry hay bale available for them to self medicate on.

BryanM
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 155
Joined: Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:24 pm
Location: ohio

Re: grazing alfalfa/grass hay field

Post by BryanM » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:31 am

so I have been letting the cows graze my alfalfa/orchard grass hay field for a few hours a day then take them off where they have accsses to dry hay. we did get a frost , do I need to worry about that or do I need to keep them off the hay field. I ask cause I have heard not to graze for a few days after a killing freeze. I am confused, what is considered a killing frost and do I need too even worry about it????

Post Reply