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Old Oct 22nd 2013, 12:39 PM   #1
 
  Feb 2012
  North Creek, NY
I cannot find baled alfalfa anywhere around where I live. I found a couple guys about an hour away that have a good clover/timothy grass mix. Does anyone feed this type of hay or have any input for me on the issue? I feed 20% record rack mixed 50/50 with 12% sweet feed. During the summer I have clover, chicory and rape growing in their pens.
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Old Oct 22nd 2013, 01:35 PM   #2
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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I cannot find baled alfalfa anywhere around where I live. I found a couple guys about an hour away that have a good clover/timothy grass mix. Does anyone feed this type of hay or have any input for me on the issue? I feed 20% record rack mixed 50/50 with 12% sweet feed. During the summer I have clover, chicory and rape growing in their pens.


Get your trailer hooked up buddy. They will waste more than they eat unless its 3rd cutting. I would look into getting a few round bales of alfalfa. With just a few animals a bale would last you a long time! I bet 3 would last you all winter. Just roll some off the bale as they need it and put in feeder or let them free choice it!
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Old Oct 22nd 2013, 06:01 PM   #3
 
  Apr 2009
  Minnesota
They will not eat the grasses.
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Old Oct 22nd 2013, 06:25 PM   #4
 
  Jan 2011
  Barnett Mo
we have been using bag alfalfa we get at our local farm store it cost about 14$ per bag but they eat it all
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Old Oct 22nd 2013, 06:36 PM   #5
 
  Apr 2009
  Ringle, WI
They don't call alfalfa the Queen of all forages for nothing ..lol There's nothing better than a good milti leaf second or third cutting of alfalfa . Clovers can be fairly high in protein but the stem to leaf ratio is no where's near that of a good alfalfa. Lots of winter kill on the alfalfa feilds put that crop not only at a premium but hard to come by as well . Good luck in your search.
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Old Oct 22nd 2013, 06:37 PM   #6
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  Jul 2009
  Deer Park, Alabama

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I feed mine peanut hay. They love it. Alfalfa will not grow this far south. Wish it would.
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Old Oct 22nd 2013, 07:32 PM   #7
 
  Apr 2011
  Fort Payne, AL
I have bought Alfalfa bales at Tractor Supply and they don't touch it. I mix a little Alfalfa pellets in with their feed every so often and put a fresh as possible round bale out. They will eat on it a little and find the best grass in it.
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Old Oct 23rd 2013, 04:42 AM   #8
 
  Mar 2013
  Louisiana
dixie20 if u check with the university of auburn they have information on peanut grass guy in east texas told me about this he said best he has seen he got some body out of flordia to come to his place an plant 23 acres of it. high protein deer eat the hay like candy this is not peanut hay . he hhad 3 yr. old hay tested and it tested at 14% protein has to be planted by sprigs.
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Old Oct 24th 2013, 03:04 AM   #9
 
  Jan 2011
  Houston, Texas
Do any of you guys in SE OK or E TX know where to get some fresh cut peanut hay to disk in? Shame it doesn't seed out...
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Old Oct 24th 2013, 05:27 AM   #10
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  Oct 2011
  Columbia City, IN
I use alfalfa hay that I bale myself. They do waste quite a bit, but I'll feed the left overs every couple of days to either my neighbors horses, or I'll raise a couple steers through the winter and keep them fed on what the deer waste. Chaffhaye is great, but my deer were about 50/50 on eating it.



By spring time, I'll still have a ,manure spreader full of left over waste.
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Old Oct 24th 2013, 07:48 PM   #11
 
  Apr 2011
  Fort Payne, AL
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dixie20 if u check with the university of auburn they have information on peanut grass guy in east texas told me about this he said best he has seen he got some body out of flordia to come to his place an plant 23 acres of it. high protein deer eat the hay like candy this is not peanut hay . he hhad 3 yr. old hay tested and it tested at 14% protein has to be planted by sprigs.


Hey thanks I will check it out.
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Old Oct 27th 2013, 07:41 PM   #12
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  Jul 2009
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dixie20 if u check with the university of auburn they have information on peanut grass guy in east texas told me about this he said best he has seen he got some body out of flordia to come to his place an plant 23 acres of it. high protein deer eat the hay like candy this is not peanut hay . he hhad 3 yr. old hay tested and it tested at 14% protein has to be planted by sprigs.

That is called perennial peanuts. You do plant it from sprigs called rhizomes. I cut mine for hay also. The deer love it. It does not produce a nut just forage. You can find all the information you want about this on the internet under Florigraze which is the variety of perennial peanuts. It comes back every year. Good stuff! It will not grow up north. Horse racers in the south prefer it over alfalfa. There is a stand in Tifton Ga at the ag expo that is almost 50 years old.
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