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My usual supplier of my hay had an issue with his production, and that forced me to look elsewhere for hay. I'm expecting hay and forage prices in general to go up this year, and the last thing I want to do is run short of hay this winter and have to buy it when it's expensive.
A milk cow produces milk that is influenced by the quality of the forage that she's offered -- the better the quality of hay, the more milk that's produced. The other thing is that I'm going to be consuming the milk, and so I'd like to have as little additional stuff in it as possible.
|6 tons loaded on the trailer|
Perfect. Organically managed fields, feeds his cows with the same hay, close by. But words are one thing. I took a long careful look at his fields while I was looking at the hay.
|looks a lot like a lawn.|
|tractor loading 600lb bale|
|Orchard grass, some fescue and a little clover|
|450 bales to choose from|
As Dennis, the farmer, said "hay in the barn is like money in the bank!" Yes, it is. And it's a relief to cross hay off my list, and nice to find good forage so close to my farm.