Posted on May 2, 2019 in Dairy Performance
By Nathan Hrnicek
Typically, to achieve higher-quality alfalfa, the crop is harvested earlier (between 23 and 28 days). Harvesting in the early- to mid-bud stage is still the best and most practical way to maximize quality.
Another way to maximize quality is to maximize leaf retention. The leaves are where you get an increase in quality because they are more digestible compared to the stems. More overall leaves means lower undigestible material, which means higher-quality alfalfa. To help maintain or increase leaf retention and improve quality, here are some other practices you can enact during the harvest process.