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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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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Don’t Let Your Hay be a “Barn Burner”

By Adam Speir Madison County CEC I always remember being at basketball games growing up and hearing that a close game by two very good teams would be called a “barn burner.” With hay season just around the corner, farmers have the very real risk of dealing with a “barn…
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