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Extra hay

Post by DCA farm » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:22 am

How much extra hay do y’all normally buy or put up as a comfort cushion.



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Re: Extra hay

Post by Caustic Burno » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:30 am

I have never had an extra roll of hay or a dollar, IMO you can’t put up enough.
I had two years worth up in the 2011 drought and still ended up selling 70% of the cows. Don’t last long if you have to feed it year around.
We are today from the start of the next drought.
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Re: Extra hay

Post by 1982vett » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:37 am

Roughly have an extra years worth of hay on hand. A long drought can change that number significantly.
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Re: Extra hay

Post by Stocker Steve » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:27 pm

I have been running half a winters worth. Thinking about wrapping some long term hay. How long will good bale wrap last ?
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Re: Extra hay

Post by chevytaHOE5674 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:07 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
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How long will good bale wrap last ?
UP here between the heavy snow, ice, birds, squirrels, coyotes, etc by year 2 the plastic wrap is usually so beat up that its worthless.

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Re: Extra hay

Post by Stocker Steve » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:43 pm

Sounds like a hay shed is needed for the strategic reserve.
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Re: Extra hay

Post by 1982vett » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:19 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:43 pm
Sounds like a hay shed is needed for the strategic reserve.
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Re: Extra hay

Post by TN Cattle Man » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:59 pm

It will vary depending on Mother Nature... but ideally I like to go into hay season with approximately 1/3 of what we would normally feed.
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Re: Extra hay

Post by DCA farm » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:45 am

I’m setting 5 rolls per head right now
Last year I fed roughly 3 rolls per head but i will be planting twice as much ryegrass

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Re: Extra hay

Post by Caustic Burno » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:57 pm

DCA farm wrote:
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I’m setting 5 rolls per head right now
Last year I fed roughly 3 rolls per head but i will be planting twice as much ryegrass
That’s what I went through last winter 5 rolls per head normal is 4.
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Re: Extra hay

Post by Hippie Rancher » Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:13 pm

Barn holds about 13 ton of 3 wire bales if some is stacked in the "attic". we only feed a few pets, horses when in, and when holding for working. Could still use more, most years but don't really have anyplace to put it without a lot of hassle.

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Re: Extra hay

Post by Bigfoot » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:27 pm

I’ve ran out the last couple of years. Bought crap hay at auction for twice what it’s worth. Trying hard to get a year ahead. Won’t make it this year. Going this week to look at some hay ground for next year. It’s a little further from the house, than I like to get, but I’m interested either way.
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Re: Extra hay

Post by Foz682 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:07 pm

Feed 15 rounds bales per head/yr
I like to have 2 bales per head left over when turned out to pasture, only had 1 bale/ head left over this year, beats buying though.

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Re: Extra hay

Post by DCA farm » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:38 pm

Foz682 wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:07 pm
Feed 15 rounds bales per head/yr
I like to have 2 bales per head left over when turned out to pasture, only had 1 bale/ head left over this year, beats buying though.
Where I’m the heck do you live. That’s a lot of hay per head. 15 rolls will feed 3 big cows through with winter around here

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Re: Extra hay

Post by Foz682 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:24 am

DCA farm wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:38 pm
Foz682 wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:07 pm
Feed 15 rounds bales per head/yr
I like to have 2 bales per head left over when turned out to pasture, only had 1 bale/ head left over this year, beats buying though.
Where I’m the heck do you live. That’s a lot of hay per head. 15 rolls will feed 3 big cows through with winter around here
That's 4x4 bales fed to September calvers, typically feeding Oct 1 to June 1.

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