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Timothy hay
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Phil    Posted 02-27-2001 at 17:48:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Is timothy a good hay for cows. I am going to get a few cows this spring and am going to plant an adjoining field in hay for them. For a couple of years I will have more hay than I will use and the horse farmers around here like timothy. So, I thought I'd plant the field in timothy for winter feed and what I didn't need I could sell. Is timothy a good hay for beef cows.

If so when is a good time to plant it. Can I plant it in the spring or is it better to wait till fall. If I do it in the spring about what time, people around here (SE Pennsylvania) start planting corn in April.

I plan on plowing, discing and broadcast seeding. Thanks.


TomH    Posted 03-03-2001 at 18:04:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Consider planting a couple of different varieties that mature at different times to spread out the harvest and weather risk. I have several acres of Reed Canary grass, awesome stuff. Last year it was over six feet tall in places and you get at least two cuttings. Timothy doesn't come back very well most years. You'll probably do okay if you can make hay good enough for the horsey set. After you broadcast go over it with a roller or packer, timothy needs good soil contact.


ed    Posted 03-02-2001 at 20:47:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thimothy hay would do just fine for beef or any other type of bovine. I would get the hay in as soon as the ground can be worked. I lived in Allentown years back and the wether could be good the first of april or it could be near the end. I would say that near the end of april would be good. The hay in the barn is a good time to get the beffers. Rember that a one beffer will eat a bail of hay every two days so plan on that when you plant. They don't like the hay to sit and get the rain on it either. Threr kinda fussy when it comes to that. One web site I found that might help when you go to sell to your neighbor is www.hayexchange.com . This web site has hay for sail in all the 50 states and I think Canada too. Look for a bail price that is close to your area and get what it's worth. Alot of people put all the time into getting hay put up only to sell it for alot less than it cost to produce it. Good luck I hope I helped. Ed


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