Green feed Barley

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Green feed Barley

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:13 am

Anybody have experience feeding Barley bales?
This barley is smooth awned but getting along in maturity, though still green and leafy underneath.

Any problems with awns bothering the mouths of the cows?


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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by Faster horses » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:46 am

I did a search and found this from NDSU:

Nutrient composition of barley is compared to other feed grains and ... to avoid mature awns, which can be irritating to the mouth of cattle.

bserving cattle frequently for the first few days after giving them .... Wheat, oats, barley, triticale and rye hay can be used in beef, sheep and dairy rations. .... Bunch wagons, however, can be an inconvenience when harvesting grain. .... Awns may work into nostrils, mouths and eyes of livestock, causing ..

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Then this:
If yard feeding is preferred, most chaff piles can be collected using a forage harvester ... Some producers have trouble feeding certain types of chaff. For instance, cattle have developed mouth ulcers from eating chaff from rough-awned barley.
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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by per » Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:40 pm

Smooth awns will not give you much to worry about. My cattle get plenty of barley green feed with very few issues.

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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:04 pm

Thanks guys.

Looks like he might get 1800 bales off about 400 acres. Pretty good crop for this area. Not sure if we are going to be baling some for him but wondered about feeding it.

I'm a Oat man myself.
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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by Faster horses » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:06 pm

"Smooth awns". I missed that in the orginal post. You can tell how much I know about barley... :D
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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by Nicky » Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:18 pm

We feed barley/pea hay and they love it. It is awnless.

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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:42 pm

Nicky wrote:
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We feed barley/pea hay and they love it. It is awnless.

Is that Haybet barley?
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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by Nicky » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:30 pm

Yes it is

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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by Faster horses » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:42 pm

We have fed Haybet barley many times with no problems...
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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:59 pm

There is some of it around up here but more popular south of the border.
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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by Faster horses » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:51 pm

Big Muddy rancher wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:59 pm
There is some of it around up here but more popular south of the border.
I wonder why that is?
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Re: Green feed Barley

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:12 pm

Not sure but the one guy that I know that grows it has places on both sides of the border.
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