Posts Categorized: Hay for Livestock

4 Important Things To Know About Organic Hay

September 29th, 2016 - SEOTERIC
Field of grass and hay bales

The process of certifying organic quality hay can be slightly difficult, but producing this crop is a rewarding experience. The producer has to undergo a process that takes time, a lot of paperwork, and must meet inspection standards. This process ensures that the land, equipment, operations, and livestock feed produced are up to par. It is important to understand the differences between organic and regular hay and the requirements that are expected of organic feed producers. Farmers should also understand the nutritional facts about organic hay and the rising demand for this food source.

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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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How To Produce High Quality Hay

August 17th, 2016 - SEOTERIC
Tractor hauling large round bales of hay

Whether you are growing hay for your own operation or selling it to others, you should make sure your crop is of the best quality possible. Your number one priority is to produce a high-quality product in a cost effective way. The following tips will help you grow high quality hay without breaking your budget.

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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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3 Benefits Of Hydrating Your Livestock Using Quality Hay

August 5th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Heat can be difficult for livestock to bear during the hot summer months. The effects of overheating can harm the animals as well as the pocketbooks of farmers who own the livestock. Medical bills and death due to this overheating can be a huge expense. It is extremely important to keep your livestock cool during these increasingly hot months. Though most people understand the normal procedures, like making sure there is enough water readily available, there is one lesser known safety commodity during this time. This commodity, quality hay, is great at helping to keep your livestock hydrated.

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The Effects Of Weathering On Hay

June 24th, 2016 - SEOTERIC
Large round bales of hay covered by hut

Hay has long been the most commonly used food for livestock across the country. Unfortunately, great losses are common as well, especially in areas where rainfall amounts are high. Statistics reveal that 10 percent of the cost of livestock production comes from hay storage and feeding losses. Despite these high numbers, many people don’t realize how much hay loss they actually experience. Weathering is the major reason for this type of loss. This condition occurs when the bales are stored outside and become exposed to the elements. The longer weathering occurs, the greater the loss. It is important for anyone who feeds their animals hay to understand how weathering can be so damaging and how bales can be safely stored.

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A Short History Of Haymaking

June 24th, 2016 - SEOTERIC
Tractor hauling large round bales of hay

The process of haymaking has been around for hundreds of years. Although today’s machinery makes for a much simpler and faster task, haymaking was once a very difficult, time consuming job. In the 17th and 18th centuries, haymakers had little output. The process of harvesting hay was done using bare hands or crude tools. Thankfully, seeds were brought from abroad so farmers could make a greater quantity of the product in a shorter amount of time. Further advancements over the years made the haymaking process less tiresome. The following information will cover the rise of haymaking as tools and machinery advanced and increased the industry’s popularity.

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Preventing Hay Fires

June 16th, 2016 - SEOTERIC
Hay bales stacked in a field

A fire can destroy your hay inventory or barn and end up costing you thousands. This would be an unfortunate situation, especially because most hay fires are preventable. You should understand how hay fires start in order to prevent them. The following information will help you prevent a devastating loss due to hay fires.

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