Feeding Hay to Improve Your Land – Part 1

We think it is far more important to stop making hay on your land than it is to stop feeding hay on your land. Here are some things to think about. What Made Sense in 1973 Doesn't Make Sense Today M

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3 thoughts on “Feeding Hay to Improve Your Land – Part 1

    1. There is one potential problem that I know of: Johne’s disease. This is a microbacterium that spreads through fecal oral contact. It causes intestinal scarring to the degree that the animal can no longer absorb food, and it wastes away and dies. Younger animals are more susceptible to the disease. Older ones require much heavier exposure. I’ve actually had some experience with this disease in my research goat herd, so I can write more about this as an article. I guess overall I would still use this technique to feed stock and manage fertility.

  1. Excellent article and one that I have been applying since I started ranching.

    One thing you haven’t mentioned yet that I have learned the hard way is, learn to judge good quality hay and stay away from everything else. Granted during drought you can’t always be picky, but everything that bale of hay has you are bringing it into your pastures. I now have unwanted weeds and grasses in my pasture brought in by poor quality hay. Even though a hay producer says it was “fertilized and weeded”, it doesn’t mean that he didn’t capture weeds that were dead and full of seeds when he baled the hay.

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