Progressive Forage Articles
A quality acronym – RFQ
Last time I described a popular method of scoring forages called relative feed value (RFV). But RFV has severe limitations. RFV ignores protein content and does not account for differences in fiber digestibility.
Getting paid for your custom services
This article is not legal advice.
As summer slowly fades to fall, some harvesters may have already swathed and baled hay – and unfortunately, customers might not have paid for these services.
Value added: Certified weed-free hay
To bring added value to a hamburger, you might add cheese or barbecue sauce. To bring added value to a dairy, you could expand to make your own yogurt. To bring added value to a ranch, you could offer hunting licenses or agritourism.
Maximize hay marketing and feeding with hay tests
Forage testing is done to estimate the intake and performance by livestock. Low-quality hay does not allow a high-producing animal to consume enough digestible energy to be highly productive.
Certainty: Death, taxes and cattle hate dirt
Most people consider death and taxes as the only two “certainties” in our human existence. Most dairy or beef producers would probably add a third “certainty” to the list: cattle do not like to eat dirt.
Marketing your custom harvesting business: Getting customers to fill capacity
For some custom harvesters, there may come a time when things are a little slower than usual. Does that mean panic is warranted?