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Ration-Balancing Challenges

Because of $3.25-plus corn and despite high alfalfa hay prices, producers will probably balance rations with more corn silage, high-quality hay and byproducts and less corn grain.

Because of $3.25-plus corn and despite high alfalfa hay prices, producers will probably balance rations with more corn silage, high-quality hay and byproducts and less corn grain. So predicts Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois Extension nutritionist.

Producers will look for ways to hold feed costs down, agree Hutjens and Paul Dyk, Extension agent for Fond du Lac County, WI.

“Any time feed prices get higher, people look at the alternatives a little bit more,” Dyk says. “They start to look at the distillers world and how they can incorporate it. I think a lot of operations in the Midwest that are close to a distillers plant will use wet distillers where possible because the price is right.”

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