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By Hubert Earl
A) In order to maximize calcium and sugar levels in stored hay and or haylage, cut between ll00 am and 4:00 p.m. when the calcium and sugar levels are highest in the plants.
B) Cutting should commence when 10% of the legumes are in blossom. This ensures about 40% to 50% blossom when harvesting is nearing completion. These guesstimates should ensure adequate levels of fibre for digestion of your livestock. (Assuming livestock are fed a mixture of early and later cut hay on a daily basis.)
C) Salting each layer of hay helps to preserve quality and makes the hay very palatable to the livestock.
D) Applying compost after cutting is recommended.
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