Post by Brandywine on Dec 11, 2007 23:11:14 GMT -5
I have fed baled corn and milo stubble one year when we couldn't get any hay. I have also grazed corn stubble after it was combined with no ill effects. Everybody did fine, but my main concern would be chemicals and fertilizers. Some types are very toxic. But that can happen now with any hay!
Post by santalady2 on Dec 12, 2007 10:00:43 GMT -5
Here in MN it is common practice to bale corn stalks for bedding. They will often times eat some of the leaves but prefer the hay in the feeder. I just recently read an item posted on another list serve that talked about how the corn stalks were adversely affected by the drought as well and had a higher amount of something (can't remember what) that could be toxic if eaten in large amounts (such as being the sole source of feed). I would contact either your local ag extension or state University and check with them as they would know.
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Post by bugsy123in on Dec 12, 2007 10:35:30 GMT -5
Howdy goating.......... Indiana here too. Cornstalks around here are being fed to sheep and goats quite frequently. I know one person who pours some molasses over them also as added fast energy. His sheep are doing good. We were going to use them but the person we were getting them off of ran out of time to bale (by the time he got his corn out and got ready to bale a freeze hit, then the snow, rain, freezing rain and from what i hear more snow) So we stuck rationing our baleage.
Post by tarheelman on Dec 16, 2007 21:39:57 GMT -5
Due the drought, high levels of nitrates could be found in the corn stalks. The corn removes the nitrogen from the soil and evidently it accumulates to high levels in time of drought as there is no moisture to disperse is out of the plant. My state department of agriculture is suggesting that all alternative feeds be tested for high levels of nitrates.
I have heard through a friend that a farmer fed his herd of cows a bale of corn stalks in a bale feeder and found six of them dead the next morning beside the feeder because they had no other forage available. It was suggested that it is best to supplement the corn stalks with hay or other forage, diluting the toxidity of any high levels of nitrates that might be present.
Thanks Tarheelman, I knew this was possible with certain grasses and oat hay, but never thought about that with corn stalks. You have given me something else to add to my goat binder, as I am thinking about seeing if I can get some farmers up here to bale there corn stalks this next year. We do have a processing place that likes people to come down and buy the stalks and cobs from them by a big truck load. Cheryl CPR Boer Goats