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gcreekrch

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We were the last to cut this meadow in 2008. The family that ”owns” it was kind enough to let us cut it again as we are short. What a crop!
Not every year this is dry enough to get on, we will be baling for silage tomorrow.
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I guess you are going to bale it green and let it turn into silage in the bags?? Are you saying that grass has the sharp edges? The fermentatin will take the edges off it I suppose. I have the equipment to do baleage, but never had the help available to use it...
 

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Bet they eat it before they eat their front feet! 😁
That was the favorite saying of an old rancher I knew here. He fed some bailed tumbleweeds one year. Them old cows would chew with their tongues out to keep from poking them. But they are it when he fed it on snow
 

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I baled a lot of weeds off a new field I had to open up last year. It was some weedy mature bermuda that had not been cut in 8 years. Cows would not eat it. When we got hit with that -15 cold snap in February, I put it out for bedding. They buried up in it for 4 days. The wind chill was -32 one night.. Only lost one during that cold snap. Then I scatttered it out over the thin spots in the pasture., it did a lot of good for the pasture. I had doctored that dead one for pneumonia a week earlier and should have given pennicillin and Sulfa, instead of just Draxxin. I love Draxxin for the long term effects, but you just cannot beat the knockdown of pennicillin and Sulfa for respiratory...
 

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I read some reports from the Noble research institute here in OK. They are the experts on pasture here. They said that any old hay has nitrogen in it, even weeds and the minerals in the old hay in addition to the humus it provides. They said in hard times that ground up old hay could be used on the fields for fertilizer. I push up the old hay where I fed the cows and let it set and turn black then spread it with a manure spreader. It seems to be doing some good...It is a slow process, but only out fuel and time. Fertilizer is a lot higher this year, so I will have to cut back and use the old natural stuff like my Grandad did...
 

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