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Welcome to Best Forage, where we are dedicated to providing the dairy, livestock and forage producer, with the best possible forage genetics and the latest management information to help them improve the profitability of their farm. As dairy farmers ourselves, we recognize the value of high quality forages in reducing our feed costs which are typically the biggest expense on any dairy or livestock farm. With having high quality forages, it allows us to feed a higher forage ration and our cattle are healthier and longevity is improved. This reduces our vet costs and lowers our cull rate which permits us to sell more animals for more dollars as breeding stock rather than cull cows. As forage producers, we know it costs the same to plant, harvest and store a crop regardless of quality or yield. However, having high quality with high forage yields results in a crop that returns many times over the returns from a poor quality crop or low yielding variety and that greatly impacts your bottom line. We feel that the more profitable we can make our customers, the longer we will have a job doing what we love to do.
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Hakari Alaska BromeGood drought tolerance! For hay or light grazing. Tall, non-creeping with broad leaves. Very productive and has done well in Pennsylvania and in Midwest trials and has higher digestibility than orchard grass. Forage Analysis in Nov. 99 showed TDN of 90 for Hakari versus 76 for orchardgrass and 91 for ryegrass (at approx. 8 in.). Hakari brome requires special management when grazing! Give it a 3 to 4 week rest period and leave a 3 to 4 inch residual. Cows love it and milk well on it. Hakari brome does require higher fertility than orchardgrass. It works great mixed with alfalfa for hay. It’s easy to mow and is late heading. It will not crowd out alfalfa as much as orchardgrass. It is very fast to establish but long term persistence (over 3 years) is weak. Makes a very soft hay. It likes well drained soil. Seeding rate 8 lbs/acre with 15 lbs alfalfa or a pure stand at 35 lbs/acre.Barenbrug USA - This product is supplied by Barenbrug, a world-wide, forage-based company that has specialized in high quality grasses and legumes for over 100 years.
- Fast establishing
- High quality, soft leaves
- Late maturing
Bariane Tall FescueBariane tall fescue is a soft leaf tall fescue with extremely high palatability and digestibility. Bariane is very late maturing, making it highly suitable for planting with alfalfa, as it matures at the same time alfalfa is ready to cut. Planting Bariane tall fescue with alfalfa results in higher tonnage and the hay produced is ideal for dairy cows due to its easily digestible fiber and high energy levels. Bariane tall fescue is endophyte-free. Bariane is also a component of STF-43.Barenbrug USA - This product is supplied by Barenbrug, a world-wide, forage-based company that has specialized in high quality grasses and legumes for over 100 years.
- Excellent palatability
- Soft leaf
- Very late heading
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Barolex Tall FescueThis has the potential to be the best Tall Fescue for grazing. Quick to establish, with soft leaves, great digestibility and palatability, Barolex is an exciting tall fescue with great dry matter yields. Barolex is endophyte-free. Seeding rate 25-30 lbs/acre.Barenbrug USA - This product is supplied by Barenbrug, a world-wide, forage-based company that has specialized in high quality grasses and legumes for over 100 years.
- Great density
- Soft leaf
- Very quick establishment
- Great yields
Barkant Forage TurnipsBarkant forage turnips are a very vigorous diploid turnip variety with a purple tankard root (50% of the bulb is above ground). Barkant forage turnips have a high bulb yield with a good top growth. It also has high sugar content which provides winter-hardiness and increased palatability. Barkant forage turnips have good tolerance to bolting and under a correct grazing management system can provide multiple harvests with up to 4-6 tons/acre of dry matter production in 60-90 days. Barkant turnips are also suitable for stockpiling or strip grazing with sheep and cattle. Seeding rate 3-5 lbs. per acre. 25 lbs. bag.
- Ideal for grazing
- Good leaf & root yield
- Up to 5 ton dry matter
- 60 to 90 day crop
Barnapoli Forage RapeBarnapoli forage rape is an excellent supplement for periods when cool-season forage grass production slows. Barnapoli forage rape can be sown in summer or early spring and under ideal management can be multiple-grazed at monthly intervals.
- Multiple grazings
- Excellent for sheep, cattle
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Winfred Forage BrassicaWinfred is a cross between a turnip and a kale - most commonly termed a rape. Winfred takes 10-12 weeks to mature and has regrowth potential for 3-4 grazings. With its deep tap root, Winfred is tolerant of dry conditions and can be sown in spring and early autumn.PGG Seeds - This product is a variety from PGG Seeds, an Australian forage-based company.
- Very drought tolerant
- Grows late into the fall
T-Raptor HybridT-Raptor is an early maturing hybrid brassica, a cross between a forage turnip and a forage rape, with a 50-70 day crop duration. T-Raptor exhibits a leafy growth habit (higher leaf-to-bulb ratio) and is well-suited to grazing. Under ideal management, it can be grazed once a month. T-Raptor is an excellent late-summer feed source, and a good supplement for late-summer periods when cool-season forage grasses slow in production. T-Raptor can be sown in spring or summer.
- Multiple grazings
- 6-8 week crop
- Fast growing
Hunter HybridHunter is a cross between a turnip and an Asiatic leaf vegetable, producing one of the fastest maturing brassicas, with the look most like a leafy, non-bulb producing turnip. Ready in 6-8 weeks. Hunter requires medium to high fertility for excellent yields. It can be sown in spring for multiple grazings or early fall. Comes in 55 lb bag. Seeding rate 4-5 lbs/acre.PGG Seeds - This product is a variety from PGG Seeds, an Australian forage-based company.
- Quick summer & fall growth with moisture
- Fast regrowth
Freedom! MR Red Clover w/Yellow JacketOur favorite red clover. Freedom! MR is named because of its freedom from pubescence (non-glandular hairs). With less pubescence than typical red clovers, Freedom! MR promotes faster drying of hay in the field which reduces the chance for loss of quality due to untimely rainfall. In addition, less pubescence also reduces dustiness of hay, thus improving air quality. Freedom! MR is also well adapted for grazing and silage. Freedom! produces excellent yields of highly palatable, nutritious forage. It is also a very persistent variety - exhibiting improved winter hardiness as well as improved heat and drought tolerance. Research trials at Cornell University show that Freedom! excels better than most other red clovers into the third year of production. Freedom! MR is one of the highest quality red clovers on the market. Seed is coated with Yellow Jacket which includes inoculant and Zeba. 25 lb bag. Seeding rate: 15-20 lbs/acre
- Best in quality
- Lower pubescence & reduced dustiness
- Impressive Yields
- Faster Drying
- Great persistence
Common Medium Red CloverCommon Medium Red Clover is a short-lived perennial that is winter hardy. It is best used in a short rotation for forage or as a nitrogen-fixing cover crop. Seeding rate 4-15 lbs/acre.$2.10/ lb.
StockmasterStockmaster is a dependable, general purpose forage mixture. Stockmaster is ideal as a pasture mixture for grazing cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and horses. Stockmaster is formulated to produce and persist in a wide range of regions. Stockmaster is formulated with improved varieties of perennial ryegrass, endophyte-free tall fescue and orchardgrass. Perennial ryegrass is rapid to establish and is highly palatable and digestible. Improved varieties of tall fescue contribute to persistence - winterhardiness and drought tolerance - and the varieties in Stockmaster are more palatable than traditional fescues. Orchardgrass is palatable and produces into the summer months. Recommended seeding rate of 25-30 lbs/acre.
- Long lasting
- Good yields
- Multipurpose forage mix
DairymasterDairymaster is a premium quality mixture formulated to support the high energy and nutritional demands of lactating dairy and beef cows. Dairymaster is also well-suited to meet the feed requirements of growing cattle. Dairymaster is suitable for pastures, haylage, and balage production. In addition to its nutritional attributes, Dairymaster is formulated to perform under grazing and traffic pressure of cattle. Formulated with 30% perennial ryegrass, recognized for exceptional palatability and nutritive value; 40% endophyte-free, very soft-leaved tall fescue to improve yield and persistence; and 20% meadow fescue with high digestibility. Dairymaster also contains 10% pre-inoculated Alice white clover - a proven, winter-hardy, grazing tolerant clover that increases the protein content of forage and also provides soil nitrogen through nitrogen fixation. Recommended seeding rate of 25-30 lbs/acre. TAKING EARLY ORDERS FOR SPRING 2013 ONLY AT THIS TIME.
- Great for dairy heifers
- Good for continuous grazing
- Rapid establishment & persistent
HorsemasterHorsemaster is a premium grass seed pasture mixture. Barenbrug's agronomists have developed this mixture to withstand the grazing and traffic pressure of horses while providing the forage your horse requires. Barenbrug plant breeders have developed modern grass varieties with a low growing point to tolerate the close,continuous grazing patterns of horses. Barenbrug grasses have a high feed value and adequate fiber to maintain animal health and meet the nutrient requirements of a horse. Horsemaster is specially formulated with improved varieties of endophyte-free, soft-leaved tall fescue, orchardgrass, timothy, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass. The complementary mixture is rapid to establish, persistent, palatable, and an excellent source of digestible fiber. Comes in 50 lb bags. Seeding rate 25-30 lbs per acre.
- Favorite of many horse owners
- Yields well
- Takes traffic and close grazing
BrowsemasterBrowsemaster is a new grass seed mixture from Barenbrug for goat pastures. Research has indicated that the productivity of goats is higher in a pasture with a diverse array of forage species rather than a mono-stand. Browsemaster has the optimum combination of browse, forbes and grasses to improve the meat and milk production in goats. The primary component of Browsemaster is Barenbrug's high quality chicory. Browsemaster also contains red clover, alfalfa and forage brassica varieties for protein and forage grasses for digestible fiber. Recommended seeding rate of 15 lbs/acre.
- Excellent for goats
- Diverse array of forages
Wonderleaf MilletThis is a warm season annual, similar to Sudangrass, with no prussic acid. Dry matter production 20 percent less than Sudangrass with better digestibility and protein. Millet has smaller seeds, thus a lower seeding rate. It needs a soil temperature of 65 degrees or more to germinate, and growth slows down when cool weather comes (September). Frost kills it, but it can still be grazed with no fear of prussic acid. It needs good seed-to-soil contract and it’s not as competitive with existing grass as Sudangrass. Like Sudan, it can use lots of Nitrogen. Wonderleaf will grow a little bushier and not as tall as Sudan. Start grazing at 12 inches, but make sure the roots are not being pulled up. It should not be allowed to grow taller than 3 feet (or it will lose palatability), and do not graze lower than 6 inches to allow better regrowth. 50 lb. bag. Seeding rate 25-30 lbs/acre.
- Good summer production
- Drought tolerant
- No Prussic Acid
HayKing Hybrid SudangrassHayKing Sudangrass is a fast growing hybrid sudangrass with very fine stems, aggressive tillering and a mass of leaves at harvest maturity. It is a BMR 12 variety that has medium, dark green leaves with the characteristic brown midrib. For pasture, dried hay, green chop, balage, or silage. Packaged in 50 lb bags. Drilled seeding rates in Midwest, Northeast, Southeast is 25-40 lbs/acre. Additional shipping charges may apply. Plant at higher rates for smaller stems for easier dry hay production.
- Reduced lignin
- Improved fiber digestibility
- Animal preference and palatability
- Superior animal performance
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Tiffany Teff ct.Tiffany was recently identified from over 400 varieties of teff as one of the highest for forage yield. Makes excellent dry hay, very palatable. Use as a crop to thicken thin alfalfa stands or seed by itself. Contains 34% coating. Seeding rate 10-12 lbs/acre alone or 6 lbs/acre to thicken thin alfalfa stand. CURRENTLY TAKING EARLY ORDERS FOR SPRING 2015.
- Summer annual for dry hay
- Use to thicken thin alfalfa stands
- Excellent palatability
- High Summer Yields
BeefmasterBeefmaster is a mixture of forage grasses and white clover, specially formulated for raising stocker cattle and beef cows and calves. Beefmaster is composed of 50% endophyte-free, soft-leaved tall fescue, 20% orchardgrass, 20% perennial ryegrass, and 10% white clover. Seeding rate 25-30 lbs/acre.
- Rapid establishment
- Exceptional yields
Norcen Birdsfoot TrefoilNorcen birdsfoot trefoil is one of the highest yielding varieties of trefoil available in today's market. Seed is pre-inoculated. Packaged in 50 lb bags. Seeding rate 10-12 lbs/acre.
- Non-bloating legume
- Good persistence
Premium Clover Mix w/ Yellow JacketPremium clover mix is a mixture of improved varieties of red & white clover. Designed to be drilled or frost seeded into existing stands of pasture to improve forage quality and yield along with adding soil nitrogen production. Contains 70% improved red clovers and 30% improved white clovers. Improved clover seed coated to improve seedling survivability and establishment. Seed is coated with Yellow Jacket seed coating. Recommended seeding rate of 6 - 12 lbs/acre.
- 70% Improved red clovers
- 30% Improved white clovers
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CCS Crimson CloverCCS Crimson Clover is a dense growing annual legume planted as a cover crop preceding corn, soybean, cotton and grain sorghum crop planting. It is a fast germinator, and can be see emerging as quickly as four days after planting depending on conditions. At termination, the dense growth forms a mat that helps suppress winter annual weeds and conserve soil moisture. Its fine roots help build soil structure and improve microbial activity. CCS Crimson Clover attracts beneficial insects, such as ladybugs. CCS Crimson clover is an annual clover that can be planted in the spring or fall. Fast, vigorous growth, excellent N source, soil builder, and good for grazing or haying. Crimson clover has the potential to produce from 70 to 150 units of N. Prefers well drained soils. In the fall, seed 6-8 weeks before frost. For spring seedings, plant after all danger of frost is past. Seeding rate is 12-18 lbs/acre drilled or 20-30 lbs/acre broadcast. Inoculant included. 2000 lb totes or 50 lb. bags. Volume discounts.
- Fine roots build soil structure
- Fast germinator
- Improves microbial activity
Forb Feast Chicory w/Yellow JacketForage Feast Chicory tends to be very leafy, highly digestible, and bolt resistant. With a deep taproot, forage feast has good drought tolerance and summer production. It also has good winter-hardiness. Recommended seeding rate is 4 - 6 lbs/acre (monoculture) and up to 1 lb. in a pasture mix. Seed is coated with Yellow Jacket seed coating. 25 lb bag.
- Lasts 2 to 5 years
- High protein & mineral content
- Highly digestible
Highland Hay MixHighland Hay mix is a mixture that will handle heat and drought about as good as any mix that we have. Highland hay mix is a late heading mixture of 60% alfalfa, 20% soft leaf tall fescue, 10% late-heading orchardgrass, 10% brome. A very easy to dry mixture of leafy alfalfa and very high quality grasses for dry hay, silage or baleage. 50 lb bag. Seeding rate of 25-30 lbs/acre.
- Drought tolerant
- High quality
Lowland Hay MixLowland Hay mix tolerates wetter soils and is a mixture of 50% alfalfa (branch root variety), 15% Freedom red clover, 15% hay type Tall Fescue, 10% late heading Orchardgrass, and 10% Timothy. The alfalfa varieties in this mix have a branched root system designed to keep more roots above a high water table. In this mix also is Freedom red clover, an improved red clover with less pubescence so that it is easier drying than other varieties of red clovers. The tall fescue is an endophyte-free variety so it is safe for horses and other livestock. The tall fescue is also for high fiber digestibility (energy) along with high yield. A nice hay mix for heavier soils. An easy to dry mixture designed for dry hay, silage or baleage production. 50 lb bag. Seed at 25-30 lbs/acre.
- Tolerates wetter soils
- Easy to dry
- Great quality
Hay Grazing MixHay Grazing Mix is designed for those fields where the option of making dry hay or grazing is needed. This mix contains 40% alfalfa (grazing tolerant), 25% soft leaf tall fescue, 20% late heading orchardgrass, 5% perennial ryegrass, 5% timothy and 5% improved red clover. This is a mixture designed for both grazing or hay production with improved varieties. Works on a wide variety of soils. 50 lb bag. Seeding rate of 25-30 lbs/acre.
- Good for hay & pasture
- Drought tolerant mix
- Works on many soil types
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