UGA Forage Extension Team

Do you know your cost of hay production?

By Ray Hicks Screven County CEC As we wind down from the summer it is time to start looking at budgets for next year. As a cattle producer, feed is always one of the most costly inputs. Now as Dr. Dennis Hancock, Georgia Extension Forage Specialist, says “Grass grows Grass!…
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Make the most of winter annuals

By Carole Knight Bulloch County CEA In Georgia, one of our advantages in the cattle industry is the ability to grow and graze forage during the winter months, drastically cutting the need for stored forages and cutting supplemental feed costs. However, to get the most potential out of winter annuals…
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Winter Annual Seed Costs: What is the Best Deal?

by Adam Speir and Dennis Hancock Humans are creatures of habit, and farmers are no different.  We tend to make purchase decisions by looking at the immediate ticket price without considering long term costs. When considering winter annual seed costs, consider not only upfront seed costs, but also the overall…
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Selecting a Round Baler

By Carole Knight Bulloch County CEA The process of baling hay has come a long way since the late 1800’s when Cyrus McCormick’s reaper design used a knotter to bundle and bind hay. The technology has improved but the goal has remained the same – safely store hay to feed…
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The Importance of Hay Conditioning

By Jeremy Kichler Colquitt County CEC The combination of humidity and moisture this spring has been a great challenge to many hay producers across the state.. The single most important “producer-controlled” factor influencing hay quality is the stage of maturity at harvest. However, unfavorable weather conditions in the Southeast can…
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Look Out for Moldy Hay

By Lucy Ray  Morgan County CEC Mold in livestock hay can be a significant problem, particularly in years where we have had a lot of moisture and humidity during harvest. The summer of 2016 was not overrun with moisture, however, when we have a shortage of hay, many producers are…
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