Expert Recommends Limit-Feeding Hay

Specialist offers advice on getting the most out of your winter feed stockpile.

Beef producers faced with limited standing and stored forage may be able to significantly reduce hay needs this winter.

Limit-feeding hay, reducing hay waste and feeding an ionophore can decrease winter hay needs by a third, says Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University beef specialist.

Although not a good option for already-thin cows or heifers, limit-feeding can reduce intake by 20-25%.

The reduction can be accomplished by limiting hay access to six hours/day or providing a reduced daily allotment of flakes or unrolled hay.

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