Combat High Grain Costs by Making High Quality Forage

David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Last Modified: May 1, 2014

One of the best ways to reduce grain cost is by feeding less of it. However, you do not want to reduce production at the same time.
Drop Kevin or myself an email to be put on our spring forage quality monitoring list. We track alfalfa height in fields all over our region. Data is sent to you approximately twice a week as to the progress of grass, alfalfa, and mixed stands with projected dates to harvest for lactating cow quality. Don't get caught off guard and miss out on top quality hay crop by harvesting too late. With slumping milk prices and high grain costs you cannot afford to have anything but the best quality.


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