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Re: Alfalfa

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:08 am
by Faster horses
27 lbs as fed with some grazing might work. 27# total isn't meeting their nutrition requirements. Take out the moisture, say 12%, and you are at 23.76 # DM. Something to think about anyway.

Re: Alfalfa

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:57 pm
by Denny
Well we got some bought the first load is

rfv 122.45 protein 18.15 dry matter 84.10 moisture 15.90 adf 40.54 ndf 43.55 $65 a ton 2nd cutting $210 delivery 26.92 ton

rfv145.46 protein 24.96 dry matter 86.00 moisture 14.00 adf 33.18 ndf 40.32 $75.00 a ton 3rd cutting $171 delivery 9.54 ton

I was thinking of feeding the 3rd cutting to my heifer calves mixed with the silage.

Re: Alfalfa

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:12 pm
by Faster horses
I think heifer calves do best with some long stemmed hay. It's good for them to chew on, which is good for the rumen. Can you give them some long-stemmed hay along with the 3rd cutting? We haven't had access to 3rd cutting hay for YEARS. I know bloat can be a problem if it gets wet.

If I am reading it right, the first you posted, rfv 122.45 has an ADF of 40 and is costing you $65/ton. Then 2nd cutting is $210/ton.
3rd cutting is $171/ton. Wondering why the 3rd cutting cost less? The 2nd cutting looks good enough for calves too. The ADF of 33.18 shows it is very digestible. The ADF of the first hay being 40.54 shows it is not as digestible, but we have fed hay that was ADF of 45. We just made sure they had plenty of it, as our cows were fed hay and mineral only.

Re: Alfalfa

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:37 pm
by Denny
Faster horses wrote:I think heifer calves do best with some long stemmed hay. It's good for them to chew on, which is good for the rumen. Can you give them some long-stemmed hay along with the 3rd cutting? We haven't had access to 3rd cutting hay for YEARS. I know bloat can be a problem if it gets wet.

If I am reading it right, the first you posted, rfv 122.45 has an ADF of 40 and is costing you $65/ton. Then 2nd cutting is $210/ton.
3rd cutting is $171/ton. Wondering why the 3rd cutting cost less? The 2nd cutting looks good enough for calves too. The ADF of 33.18 shows it is very digestible. The ADF of the first hay being 40.54 shows it is not as digestible, but we have fed hay that was ADF of 45. We just made sure they had plenty of it, as our cows were fed hay and mineral only.


no the first was $65 a ton plus $210 trucking this is second cutting

the other was $75 a ton with $171 delivery fee 3rd cutting

I only bought 2 loads of hay

Re: Alfalfa

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:22 pm
by Faster horses
You made a good buy. IMO.