By Brad Brandau, Wilton, W1, USA, 300 beef cows

“We gained 3 pounds of milk per cow per day.”

“Before I did baleage, I chopped all of our hay and stored it in bags and a silo. I was loosing a lot of feed and the quality was not there. I’ve been using baleage for three years. I’m currently milking 240 cows, currently have 450 animals on hand. On my operation I do all the feeding of cows, and I need quality feed filled with protein and nutrients. When we first started feeding baleage we gained 3 pound of milk per cow per day, had better herd health overall, more ruffage and dry matter in the TMR ration. We also have less spoilage with the bales vs. using bags, there is no waste it all goes into the mixer. It is also less labor intensive. With baleage It has been improving ever since.”

By Ralph Peirick, T & R Dairy Farm, Watertown, WI, 180 dairy cows

“I just love the speed & labor savings.”

“We own 871 acres and we milk 180 dairy cows and raise all heifers. We have been making baleage for 18 years. We love the fact that you can feed any crop of hay or cover crop or marsh grass whenever you want to. Cows really like the smell and taste of baleage over dry hay or haylage. This is the 4th year of using the Anderson Wraptor system. I just love the speed & labor savings that this system brings. Just load up the wagon with bales, drive up to the wrapper, and in 5 minutes 14, bales are wrapped. I do not see any other system like that on the market. Very happy with the Anderson products!”

By Ernie Haehnel, Motley, MN. , Beef producer, 200 head herd

“Feeding baleage, my herd now has more daily weight gain.”

“The quality of the feed helps reduce the cost of mineral and supplement. My herd maintains a better body condition score, and the cows are breeding back more easily.”

By Harris family, GREENVIEW Farms, Since 1860Jonny is proud to say that his son, Paul, is the sixth generation to help operate Greenview Farms. Together, this father and son team farm 3,500 acres. They have 1,000 acres of row crop (corn, peanuts, cotton and soybeans) and 1,800 acres of woodland which is harvested for all classes of timber production. Approximately half of the woodland is fenced in and can be grazed also. The remaining 700 acres is dedicated to forages with 50,000 small square bales and two to five thousand round bales being sold to horse farms. The remainder is used for baleage to feed their 1,000 head of Hereford and Braford cattle.

For the past five years, Jonny has been involved in forage studies with the University of Georgia and has tested rye grass, oats and rye with RFQ’s (relative forage quality) as high as the mid 200’s, with TDN’s (total digestible nutrients) in the mid 70’s. With these nutrient levels being actually higher than needed, their goal in the test is to establish the input requirements to produce baleage that tests in the 140 – 190 RFQ level with TDN’s in the high 60’s to mid-70’s.

Jonny has given numerous presentations on baleage and its nutritional value over the past 12 years at field days and conferences, including the University of Georgia Extension Service Beef Cattle Short Course and the Georgia Environmental Conference.

He is convinced that putting up baleage gives you optimum nutrient levels, one or two extra harvests and no waste, not to mention that you are no longer dependent on the weather in attempting to harvest dry hay which, these days, is almost impossible.

Since 1998 he only feeds baleage to his cattle and feels it is the easiest and most productive way to go. Cattle are healthy, calves are stout and average daily gain is high.

He says, “with baleage, you feed fewer bales per head and get better results. In the end, it’s not about the volume of grass you get per acre; it’s about the pounds of nutrients per acre. While we do feed high roughage, low protein (9.5%) ration to develop the bulls and heifers, most of their diet is forage. By developing these cattle on forage they perform much better for our customers.”

Greenview Farms is the oldest, continuously operated Hereford producer in the state of Georgia and one of the largest registers of Braford cattle in the U.S. Greenview markets 120 bulls and 100+ heifers annually. Greenview is known as a quality seed stock producer selling to all Gulf Coast states and as far north as New York. Greenview also markets Anderson Wrappers, sunfilm and all bale binding materials. The farm has been awarded numerous awards such as Georgia Governor’s Award for Agricultural Stewardship and NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award for Region II, southern states.

For more information on Greenview Farms visit the website at www.greenviewfarms.net.

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