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Optimizing Oats for Use as Dairy Forage

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This piece comes to us from the ARS’s Dennis O’Brien and the AgResearch magazine. Dairy
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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  1. Gene Schriefer says:

    We’ve done this for many years now, while forage oats are more costly than grain oats or bin run oats, forage varieties yield as least an additional ton/acre.

    August moisture is essential to get quick germination.

    May be variety specific, but will grow well into fall and can sustain temperatures into the mid to low 20’s.

    I like to mix in a brassica with the oats.

    Have never had a forage test come back in less than 70% TDN.

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