Posted on July 25, 2017 in Forage Foundations
By Pat Hoffman, Vita Plus dairy technical specialist
In some ways, it seems like an unusual concept to write about feeding lactating dairy cows grass forages, but it shouldn’t since they were born to eat grass. Furthermore, around the world, pasture grasses, grass hay and grass silage are the predominant forages fed to dairy cows.
But here in the upper Midwest, our forages of choice since the 1940s have been alfalfa and corn silage. While feeding more cereal grasses, such as triticale, rye or oat silage, seems new to us, it’s certainly nothing new to a dairy cow.