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Pasture & Soil Management
Grazing dairy cows need a very high quality pasture to maintain top production. Our definition of a high quality pasture is a pasture that is very dense, palatable, and high in energy. Density is important to maximize dry matter intake with every bite. Just like a confinement cow, higher dry matter intakes improve production. Palatability is also important to encourage consumption. And lastly, dairy pastures need to be high in protein and energy to supply the needs of the high producing dairy cow. We use only the best forage genetics in our dairy pasture mixes.
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Dairy HP Pasture MixDairy HP (high production) is our favorite pasture mix that we have used on our farm for the past several years. A thick, dense stand of Dairy HP makes more milk than any other pasture mix that we have tried. Thick, dense pasture that maximizes a cow's dry matter intake with every bite. Excellent pasture for stocker cattle also. If it makes milk then it can make meat! We've had dairy steers gain over 3 lbs/day on just this grass mix alone. A very high energy, high quality pasture mix that excels on heavier soils or lighter soils with irrigation. Requires high fertility for best performance. With adequate moisture and fertility, this pasture performs well even in the heat of summer. Excess pasture must be harvested as silage as it will not dry for dry hay. Contains approx. 70% perennial ryegrass for high energy and quick regrowth, 22% meadow fescue for winter hardiness and summer production, and 8% white clover (preinoculated and coated) for protein and nitrogen production. 50 lb bag. Seeding rate 30-35 lbs per acre. SOLD OUT - ORDER EARLY FOR NEXT SPRING
- Top quality pasture for milk production
- Thick, dense stands allow good dry matter intake
- High palatability
- #1 for milk or meat production
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.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 for dairy heifers
- Good for continuous grazing
- Rapid establishment & persistent
Highland Pasture MixHighland Pasture Mix is designed for medium to light soils that are more heat and drought prone in the Midwest. A premium mixture of improved varieties that contains approximately 35% soft leaf tall fescue, 25% orchardgrass, 15% grazing tolerant alfalfa, 10% perennial ryegrass, 10% festulolium, and 5% white clover. 50 lb bag. Seeding rate is at 25-35 lbs. per acre.
- Drought tolerant
- Excellent on lighter soils
- Only the best varieties
Lowland Pasture MixLowland Pasture mix is a premium mixture of palatable grasses and legumes designed to persist longer on heavier, wetter soil types. It is a mixture of 30% perennial ryegrass, 20% soft leaf tall fescue, 17% meadow fescue, 15% orchardgrass, 10% festulolium and 8% white clover. All species are improved varieties that grow and persist well on heavier soils. 50 lb bag. Seeding rate 25-35 lbs/acre.
- Great on heavier, wetter soils
- Good Winter-hardiness
Quick-to-Grow Pasture MixQuick-to-Grow is a fast starting mix of high quality grasses and clovers. A festulolium based pasture mix with quick emergence and good quality. A good choice for pasture renovation or a short term pasture as the festulolium will produce good for typically 3 years before thinning out. The other species in this mix will persist longer. Excess pasture best harvested as silage or baleage. Can also be used to thicken thin alfalfa stands. This pasture mix does best on heavier soils. Contains approximately 35% festulolium, 25% orchardgrass, 15% meadow fescue, 15% perennial ryegrass, 5% red clover and 5% white clover. 50 lb bag. Seeding rate 30-40 lbs/acre.
- Fast establishing
- Highly palatable
- Good production
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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