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7. Forage Quality

The spring forage harvest is the most crucial of the year, and sets the stage for good harvest management the rest of the season. High forage quality will maximize use of on-farm feeds and improve feeding efficiency. Adverse health effects of high grain rations and high grain prices make it important to minimize grain use by optimizing the quality of forage harvested.

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Mixed alfalfa-grass is ideal forage for lactating cows, if harvested at the optimum stage.