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Soil Fertility and Good Feed – That’s Why Greg Judy Unrolls Hay

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Back in 1999 when we first started leasing idle land for grazing that needed serious fertility, I d
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Greg and Jan Judy of Clark, Missouri run a grazing operation on 1400 acres of leased land that includes 11 farms. Their successful custom grazing business is founded on holistic, high-density, planned grazing. They run cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, stockers, a hair sheep flock, a goat herd, and Tamworth pigs. They also direct market grass-fed beef, lamb and pork. Greg's popularity as a speaker and author comes from his willingness to describe how anyone can use his grazing techniques to create lush forage, a sustainable environment and a successful business.

6 Comments

  1. Andrew Newkirk says:

    I agree with the theory but I wonder if one of these works with baleage aka wrapped hay? I also struggle to picture anything but a tractor managing the snow we get in central MN. Also doesn’t it take a rather large atv to pull a large bale in muddy conditions?

  2. Brandon says:

    Hi Greg,

    Awesome invention! That’s an even better design (simpler) than another I’ve seen recently, and the weighting is perfect. If I was in the US I’d be tempted to buy (currently and forever Japan).
    Best regards,
    Brandon

  3. Luke says:

    Why in the heck would you have baby calves in the winter when there’s no grass? You’ve got bigger problems than how you’re feeding hay. Not the best way to manage your baby calves if you are wanting to make a living with your cow herd.

    • Greg says:

      Not sure what your talking about, there was no mention of baby calves in this video describing our bale unroller. I did have a friend that calved in winter with bale rings, he lost baby calves every winter with them being trampled by laying next to the bale ring on cold nights. We have stockpiled grass all winter and graze every day of the winter that the ground is not covered with 2 feet of snow. I learned a long time ago to keep some hay around for blizzards, pretty good insurance. Good grazing to you.

      • Luke says:

        By feeding hay in a bale ring, only 15 or so cows can get around the ring to eat from it. Bale rings are also a very dangerous place for a baby calf to lay down at when it is dark, cold and wet. The cows can trample the calf into the mud by fighting for their spot around the bale ring not even recognizing the baby calf under their feet. Not the best way to manage your baby calves if you are wanting to make a living with your cow herd.

        • Kathy Voth says:

          Luke, am I missing something that you’re trying to say? In this article and video, Greg is saying exactly what you’re saying above. He notes the problems with bale rings as the reasons he unrolls hay, and why his animals graze year round.

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