Emergency Feed - Let the Cost Sort it out!

Mother Nature throws us challenges every year in a lot of different ways. This year has been a dry year for many areas in the USA and spring forage was not a robust as needed leaving pastures bare and hay supplies short. This will put many producers in a very tight spot this year - For emergency crop solutions Barenbrug provides many excellent options.

Buy it or Grow it?

If it comes down to running low on hay reserves or even out of hay, then the options are to buy hay or a very expensive feed supplement. Most often if the producer is running into this issue, so are many other producers in the area, leading to hay prices escalating. The average bale of grass hay could climb to a price of $100.00 a Bale or more.  Simple figures show a cost for the producer could average around $2.90/head/day for just dry forage, not including any mineral/supplements, etc.  These costly options may work for the short term, but certainly will not work long term.

Unfortunately, Barenbrug cannot supply a “Magic Seed” that will grow overnight to fill your forage needs! Barenbrug does have PinPoint products that can help relieve some pressure and offer hay or grazeable crop as quickly as 50-60 days. 


One Possible Recipe Where Tilling is Possible:

When Planting Moxie Teff, plant into a prepared seedbed, or a field that has been grazed or mowed tightly. With Moxie it must have good Soil to Seed contact along with a firm seedbed. DO NOT plant the seed too Deep.  Plant at a depth of ¼ inch at 8 lbs. per acre.  With some rain and fertilizer, it can be harvested within 50-60 days after planting. 

Before harvesting the Moxie, broadcast 20-25lbs. Per acre of Maximus Annual Ryegrass. Post-1st harvest wait 35-40 days for the second harvest of Moxie with Maximus. At first killing frost, the Moxie will terminate, leaving the Maximus. An additional crop of Maximus can be takin the following spring. Maximus is a later maturing variety that could allow you to extended grazing into early summer.


The return from this can be around 5 tons of dry matter produced.  With a value of 160/ton that would be $800 dollars an acre of high quality forage and a cost of $70 per acre for seed, custom drilling, and fertilizer.





Should you grow it or buy it?

You have 35 cows that need to consume 35 lbs of DM/day


Feed Cost/head Total/day  Total/week
1 large round bale (1200lbs)/day   $2.85 $100.00   $700.00
Moxie Teff and Maximus ARG (grazed)   $  .24   $    8.57   $  61.25

Hay is costing me 3 cents a pound to produce and I have to haul it to the cattle. Brassicas are costing me less than a cent to plant, and the cattle harvest it. I can’t afford not to plant it!

Dustin Cross
C o l u m b i a C o u n t y , A r k a n s a s

COVERGRAZE: A small investment with BIG returns

There are many crops that a person can plant to produce feed fast once the moisture comes. Some of the more common ones are Annual ryegrass, oats, wheat, winter rye, etc. All of these crops can be seeded now to produce good forage for this fall, but it’s the small addition to those crops that can take it from a good quality forage to an outstanding one. Barenbrug's Covergraze lineup consists of Barkant Forage Turnips, Barsica Winter Rape, and T-Raptor Hybrid brassica. These products can be seeded along with your annual crop of choice to help increase the yield and overall quality of the feed produced.


Barkant Forage Turnips, Barsica Winter Rape, and T-Raptor Hybrid brassica can also be added to pastures. This is a great way of producing quick forage in late summer and fall. This additional forage can extend the grazing season and allow for stockpiling of other froages, This a an inexpensive tool to reduce or delay the need for feeding stored feed, like expensive and short in supply…HAY.

In general forage, brassicas are very useful for producing high-quality forage fast when other forages are less productive. They provide high crude protein along with excellent digestibility. Barenbrug selected the Covergraze products for their outstanding growth habits along with higher leaf production compared to common varieties. It is those characteristics that give you more feed for the same small investment.