Keeping a cow as a way to provide quality dairy products and beef
How to Determine How Much Hay
As a rule, most cows will require a minimum of 2 to 2.5 pounds of hay per day for each hundred pounds of body weight. This means that a Jersey cow that weighs 1000 pounds will require a minimum of 20 to 25 pounds of quality hay whenever their pasture is in poor condition or is unavailable, such as during the winter or during times of drought.
When calculating the amount of hay you will need to purchase for each year, determine the number of days you expect pasture condition to make hay supplementation necessary. In addition, always figure in other factors that can influence hay consumption levels, such as:
whetherthe cow is dry or lactating whetherthe cow is gestating or nursing a calf whetheryour current hay feeding regimen creates the potential for excessive waste
How to Choose Quality Hay
When choosing which
Visit the hay producer, if possible, and examine the hay they
How to Safely Store Hay without a Barn
Because most dairy cows prefer to be fed a consistent diet, it is best to purchase the amount of hay you anticipate that you will need at one time, if possible. If your property does not have a barn or suitable indoor storage area for hay, you can create safe outdoor storage.
To do this, place wooden pallets flat on the ground in a level location that has good drainage. Stack the hay on the pallets in a tight configuration and then cover the entire hay supply with one or more good quality tarps specifically made for hay storage. These