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Bale Grazing Reduces Inputs

November 6, 2013

Weekly ag column by Mike Boersma, County Extension Educator with the U of M Extension Service in Murray and Pipestone Counties
For beef cow/calf producers, minimizing the use of harvested feeds is a great way to reduce input costs. Doing so will translate to reduced costs of harvesting and transporting forages as well as reduced manure hauling and labor. However, in order to reduce the amount of harvested forages being fed, producers need to find ways to extend the grazing season. This can be a challenge in the Upper Midwest where the end of the grazing season is often dictated by the first significant snowfall.

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