Posts Categorized: Hay for Cattle

Understanding How Horse And Livestock Hay Markets Differ

September 8th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

The business of selling hay to horse owners can be quite a profitable enterprise. Unfortunately, many hay producers wrongly believe that selling hay as a livestock feed is the same as selling it to horse owners. The markets are incredibly different and it can be a mistake to lump the two together. You will likely have a much closer relationship with the horse owners purchasing from you if you can offer them valuable information about your product. If you are planning to sell hay to horse owners, it is important to understand what they are looking for and the nutritional requirements of their horses.

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The Benefits Of Using Alfalfa Hay As A Supplement

September 6th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Keeping weight on beef cattle can become quite a struggle during the winter time for most farmers. Grazing is very limited during this time and cattle will need supplements to stay healthy and remain at a proper weight. Alfalfa is a supplement that will keep your livestock in great shape throughout the winter season. Some farmers believe supplementing with this variety of hay is too expensive, but it actually serves as a positive investment. The benefits of using alfalfa hay as a supplement can be extended to livestock and to cattle owners.

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3 Tips For Raising Grass Fed Cattle

September 2nd, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Raising grass fed cattle is a task that requires you to provide a healthy, balanced, and safe diet throughout the entire life of your animals. Grass fed beef is highly recommended for human consumption because a natural diet in cattle does not typically create health risks. In addition to grass, there are certified supplements that should be fed to your cattle to ensure year round productivity.

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Should You Add Cattle To Your Livestock?

August 12th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Many small farmers are weighing the idea of adding cattle to their mix of livestock. Cattle can be beneficial to any farm and they generally require less work than many other livestock animals. However, cattle are definitely not labor free and adding them to your farm will come with certain demands that have to be met. You need to ask yourself several questions during your decision making process to ensure you are ready to add cattle to your operation.

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6 Types Of Dairy Cows That Require A Healthy Diet

August 1st, 2016 - SEOTERIC

There are over 200 breeds of cows around the world. However, only a few of those breeds are considered dairy cows. Dairy cattle generally produce a greater volume of milk for a longer period of time. U.S. dairy farmers are now producing three times more milk than they did 50 years ago with half as many cows, according to the USDA.

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4 Tips For Beef Producers During A Drought

July 20th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

There are still parts of the United States that are more prone to drought conditions than others. When a drought strikes, it is vital for beef producers to be prepared in order to stave off panic. You could make a hasty decision or spend too much on feed, all out of fear and a lack of preparation. It is best to make a few preventative steps to ensure you and your animals will be ready in case there is a drought. However, there are times when you won’t be prepared. In these situations, consider the following four tips to help your bottom line.

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What To Feed Your Livestock During A Hay Shortage

April 15th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Many areas will occasionally experience hay shortages due to drought or other reasons. Livestock owners need to find alternatives for feeding their animals or extending their dwindling supplies during a hay shortage. It is important to research alternatives before you start your animals on a new feeding program. Most counties have cooperative extension agents that will give you advice about how to implement change. You may want to consult with your veterinarian for his or her opinion as well. When you are facing a hay shortage, there are several supplemental options to consider.

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Choose Your Livestock’s Hay Carefully

April 6th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Sheep, goats, cattle, and horses are usually fed hay during the winter when fields do not have much for them to forage. Finding variety, quality, and availability of good hay can take up a lot of your time if you do not know how to plan well. Learning about the available types and finding good sources makes your life easier while you wait for spring and its grass filled pastures.

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How To Calculate Hay Consumption For Cattle

March 29th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Calculating hay consumption for your cattle is a considerable challenge, but the process hasn’t changed much over the years. When the calculations are done right, the herd is happy and healthy. When a mistake is made, it means unplanned trips to the supply store or calls to the neighbor down the road.

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How To Plant Ryegrass For Hay Production

March 29th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Ryegrass is a popular addition to grow with your hay. A strong and hardy grass, rye is resilient to weather and drought conditions and has a high nutritional value. It may seem like a bit of a challenge to sow ryegrass into your hay field. However, once it is in the ground, it requires very little maintenance to grow. If you plan to grow ryegrass alongside your hay, it is important to understand how to plant it and how to help it grow.

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