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Stockpiling for Fall or Winter Grazing

Farm Business Management Update, August 2001

By Scott Jessee

Many wonder if stockpiling forage is a worthwhile endeavor. Allowing grazing animals to feed themselves a little longer during the year should be an attractive option for all producers. When forages are harvested and stored, the cost of the forage is increased approximately 50 to 60 percent. This increase in cost does not account for the cost of your time, which could be used for other things. Extending the grazing season using cool season grasses and legumes is one of the most cost effective practices available to farmers. Below are some facts about stockpiling fescue.

If you have any questions about stockpiling fescue, please call your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.

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