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How to Get High-Quality Hay During Mowing

Jessica Williamson, Hay and Forage Specialist, AGCO

The hay-making process can be challenging. In combination with the necessity of ideal weather and harvest timing at the targeted stage of growth, maintaining the nutritional quality of the crop found while it is standing in the field throughout the harvest process adds an additional challenge. 

There are some management practices that can be done during the mowing phase to help optimize forage quality and preserve the nutrients found in the crop.

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How to Measure the Nutritive Value of Your Forage

Jessica Williamson, Hay and Forage Specialist, AGCO

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Meeting Your Livestock’s Nutritional Needs With Forages

Jessica Williamson, Hay and Forage Specialist, AGCO

Ruminant livestock have a unique digestive system that requires roughage, most commonly in the form of forages, to digest feedstuffs. As livestock grow, mature, and go through various phases of production, their nutritional needs change as well. Ensuring optimal animal performance – whether that be growth, lactation, or gestation – requires optimal nutrition that meets or exceeds their dietary requirements at a given stage of life.

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Forage Quality – What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter?

Jessica Williamson, Hay and Forage Specialist, AGCO

You know it takes the best forage to grow the best livestock. But what, exactly, does it mean to have high-quality forage? How do you attain the best forage while balancing yield?

Let’s take a deeper look at what goes into forage quality and how Massey Ferguson machines can help you get the most out of your crop.

 

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