The challenges of weather, timing and pest pressure always exist in hay production. When you do get the hay crop you’re looking for, high quality and yield are synonymous with success. Purple Cow helps get stands established as well as recovering and producing high quality yield cutting after cutting.
Whether alfalfa, clover, timothy, brome or any other species, hay is as much a part of livestock operations as silage. It is a cornerstone but many farmers are going to almost 100% grass-based for the benefits from a cost and operation standpoint as well as healthier animals and product from those animals. But when it comes to hay, quality is king, whether you’re selling it or feeding it. If you’re selling it, don’t think you’ll get a pass on quality just because your hay is organic.
Relative feed value (RFV) and total digestible nutrients (TDN) are just two of several measurements used to rate the quality of hay. Phosphorus and potassium aid in new root development, building of new cell walls, energy metabolism & conversion, and development of new enzyme systems. (Some sources say phosphorus needs to be in your soil at 1.5 to 4 times the removal rate.) Sulfur and boron should be tested, because deficiency will affect yield dramatically, at least with grasses. Nitrogen needs to be timed well to produce the highest tiller numbers, as well as the straight-forward nutritional needs of plants.
Purple Cow’s products in your forage program mean increased yields and quality. Farm trials showed an increased availability of essential nutrients liberated from soils beyond the amounts applied. This means more effective nutrient utilization, reducing input costs while improving yield and quality.
Washington State did a study recently on whole milk production and found that organic grass-based whole milk was six times higher in omega-3 than milk from animals on conventional feed, and that the omega-3 and omega-6 levels were in the proper balance. If you are considering grass-based feed for your farm, give us a call.
Purple Cow has spent years developing our own unique, organic solutions for crop-specific applications. Contact us and we’ll be glad to share more details about how our products can be the solutions you need for your soil, your crop and your farm.