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300 Day Grazing Individual Projects

July 23, 2012

Stockpiled Bermudagrass:

Year

Number of Farms

Savings/AU

Total Savings

2008-09

2

$11.75

$1,217

2009-10

3

$42

$4,860

2010-11

3

$51.94

$6,652

2011-12

5

$67.2

$16,207

Total

13

$28,936

Stockpiled Fescue project results:

Year

Number of Farms

Savings/AU

Total Savings

2008-09

3

$42.32

$6,160

2009-10

6

$54.82

$8,444

2010-11

8

$45.53

$13,660

2011-12

4

$46.36

$7,202

Total

21

$35,466

Winter Annuals project results:

Year

Number of Farms

Savings/AU

Total Savings

2008-09

1

$8

$336

2009-10

2

$62

$6,655

2010-11

2

$54

$2,541

2011-12

6

$172

$13,990

Total

11

$23,522

Legume project results

Year

Number of Farms

Total Savings

2009

6

$917

2010

8

$4,600

2011

14

$9,700

Total

28

$15,217

Improving Grazing Management project results

Project

Number of Farms

Total Savings
Electric fence

11

$78,174

Tire Water Tanks

6

$15,640

Total

17

$93,814

Minimizing Hay Storage Loss project results:

Storage Method

Number of Farms

Hay Loss

Avg hay loss

Outside/unprotected

6

1-23%

In barn or under tarp

2

1-15%*

7%

*15% loss under tarp occurred due to inferior quality tarp

Comparing the worst loss (23%) associated with unprotected hay to the average loss of protected (7%), the value of conserved hay when hay is worth  $30/bale is $4.84/bale.

Minimizing Hay Feeding Loss project results:

Feeding Method

Hay Loss

Processed & fed in bunks

1%

Round bale fed unprotected

42%

Round bale fed in ring

13%

Round bale unrolled

24%

Limit fed hay plus supplemental feed:

Feeding Method Utilization
Unrolled 1x/d

95%

Unrolled 2x/d

96%

Processed 1x/d

97%

Processed 2x/d

95%

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