Weather may mean forage challenges for US farmers

Some dairy producers have been dealing with haylage shortage since spring

Poor weather conditions in 2013 mean less haylage available for U.S. farmers, leading to forage challenges, according to Dr. Bob Prange, a nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition

While some dairy producers were not affected by spring weather conditions, others dealt with the issue all summer and continue to be affected. ”Regardless of the situation you’re in, dairy producers need to be cognizant that their feeding program may be very different than in years past,” said Prange. Strategies to deal with the problem of haylage availability include monitoring haylage inventory and working with your nutritionist to make adjustments to the ration.