Eight Acres - the blog — forage

Electric fencing for beginners

Nov 15 2017 0 Comments Tags: cattle, fence, forage

Electric fencing is versatile and inexpensive, once you understand the basics, you can use it for many applications around the farm.

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Growing forage or perennial pasture

Jul 15 2013 0 Comments Tags: cattle, forage, pasture

The pros and cons of forage versus planting a perennial pasture for hay and cattle feed.

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Forage crops, pasture, hay - isn't it just grass?

Aug 13 2012 0 Comments Tags: cattle, forage, grass, hay, pasture

Once again we are learning on the job and its time to make some decisions to manage our stock feed through the winter.

The typical system in our area is to have pasture with mainly tropical grasses that do very well in summer, but die back in winter. These are rhodes grass, bluegrass and gatton or green panic. When the grasses die back the protein content decreases and stock don't put on weight....

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Making hay

Apr 30 2012 0 Comments Tags: cattle, forage, hay

I can't claim to be an expert on hay, but I've certainly learnt an awful lot about making it over the past few weeks!

Since owning cattle we have spent a lot of money on hay, in round bales and square bales, to feed to our animals when we ran low on grass. For ages I couldn't understand why the cattle didn't eat the dead dry grass in winter. It seemed to me to be exactly the same as hay. Well I...

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