Dairy cattle, Hay, Nutritive value, Western Australia
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CONSERVATION of hay on dairy farms has increased in recent years but so far emphasis has been on quantity rather than quality and in some districts paddocks are closed up very early to increase yields per acre of hay.
Recent trials have shown that late closing of hay paddocks on dairy farms gives higher quality hay, more winter grazing and a better balanced pasture. The gain in quality more than compensates for any drop in yield.
Ryan, F E.
"Hay for the dairy herd : quality or quantity?,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 2
, Article 2.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol2/iss10/2