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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