Time To Start Stockpiling Forage

July is the month to begin stockpiling forage, reminds Dirk Philipp, with the University of Arkansas ag division, in the article, “Fall And Winter Forage Is Expensive; Plan Stockpiling Program Now.”

“During late summer and middle of fall, when the temperatures are cooler and the days are shorter, forages accumulate more leafy tissue but less fiber. This is why the process of saving forage growth towards the end of the season is also beneficial from a nutritional standpoint.”

Stockpiling saved 16 cents/cow/day in a Canadian study. See the story, “Cut Your Winter Cow Feed Costs.”

Defining Grazing Methods

The differences between management intensive grazng (MiG) and mob grazing, also called ultra-high-stock-density (UHSD) grazing, are explained by Rocky Lemus, Mississippi State University Extension forage specialist, in this article from the Coshocton Tribune.

“I’ve discussed management intensive grazing, or MiG, before and the principles are the same, but the rest period is much longer with UHSD. In MiG, the rest period might be an average of 30 days, whereas with UHSD, the rest period could be from 90 days up to even 180 days.”

For what researchers are finding out about mob grazing, visit: “Mob Grazing: A Tool, Not A Master Plan.”

When Tossing Hay Bales Is “Quirky”

An annual bale-toss event appears to be growing in popularity in the town of Solon, IA:

It’s kind of a quirky event but it’s grown to be famous for people all over,” said Gary Bentrim, Solon Beef Days president. “They come from all around to toss the hay bale.”

For information on organizing such an event, visit “Throwing Bales For Fun,” or click through our photo gallery: “Hay Marketing On Main Street.”

Looking For Danger Leads To Blog On Hay Harvesting?

Blogs on hay baling written by a crime fiction author don’t often come to notice. But Gae-Lynn Woods, writer of the Cass Elliot Crime series and a cattle rancher, has offered novices a step-by-step explanation of the art of harvesting hay – and equating it to danger – in “Making Hay While The Sun Shines.”

“One of the blessings - or curses, depending on how you look at it - related to writing crime fiction is that I can't help but look for danger in almost any situation. It's summer, and that means it's time to make hay in East Texas.”

For tips on storing hay safely, here’s what Purdue University’s Extension forage specialist, Keith Johnson, has to say in “Wet Hay May Cause A Barn Fire.” Remember to guard against tractor rollovers as well.

Hay Bales Help Share Happy News

Yet another unusual item popped up this week, dealing with an Australian producer's attempt to announce to those traveling a particular stretch of the highway a certain bit of good news. The problem was that the travelers - and a reporter - were mystified by the message. What follows is the reporter's question and his reply as to why he would build a giant teddy bear from big round bales:

“I couldn't resist pulling over to photograph the teddy last month, and it turns out I am not alone. Hundreds of people have photographed teddy, and even made special trips to see him. They probably have the same question I did – why?” writes ABC Open’s Jane Curtis.

“We just wanted to announce to the world, ‘Here’s our little bloke’,” says Rodney (Broom, a hay producer from Bridgewater, Central Victoria). "We’ve been trying for quite a while to have a child so finding out Narelle was pregnant was very special. Seeing the teddy just reminds me of how lucky we are to have the little fella."