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How much hay is needed?

August 14, 2012

John Jennings – Extension Forages

Shane Gadberry – Extension Beef Nutrition

Producers trying to purchase enough hay to feed their herds need some guidelines to help them estimate hay needs. A general rule of thumb is that a dry cow will eat about 2% of her body weight per day in forage dry matter. So a 1000 lb. non-lactating cow will consume 20 lbs dry forage per day.  But when you factor in moisture content of the hay and hay waste during feeding, more hay is required. For example, if the hay moisture content is 12% and 20% is wasted during feeding, the daily amount of hay for that 1000 lb. cow is closer to 29 lbs. How many bales to purchase is an important question.  Click Here for full article:

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