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.