McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm

Effects of Method of Initiating Stockpiling on the Nutritive Value of Forage for Winter Grazing

Authors: Jim Russell (Iowa State University) , Ben Stokes (Iowa State University) , Patrick Gunn (Iowa State University) , Hugo Ramirez-Ramirez (Iowa State University)

  • Effects of Method of Initiating Stockpiling on the Nutritive Value of Forage for Winter Grazing

    McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm

    Effects of Method of Initiating Stockpiling on the Nutritive Value of Forage for Winter Grazing

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Abstract

As feeding of stored feeds is the largest cost in beef cow-calf production, profitability of a cow-calf enterprise may be improved by extending the grazing season into the fall and winter. One resource for an extended grazing season is forage that is stockpiled in the summer and fall. Generally, it is recommended stockpiling of forages not begin before early August, and the forage be harvested by mechanical mowing followed by removal of the forage by hay harvest. Although this process results in a uniform removal of forage before stockpiling, it does require either purchase or leasing of harvest equipment or paying for custom hay harvest.

How to Cite:

Russell, J. & Stokes, B. & Gunn, P. & Ramirez-Ramirez, H., (2018) “Effects of Method of Initiating Stockpiling on the Nutritive Value of Forage for Winter Grazing”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2017(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2018
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