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Farming.

  • 05-01-2023 1:06am
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    Registered Users Posts: 4


    Is red clover good to fatten heifers?



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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 3,011 Mod ✭✭✭✭K.G.


    Not really suitable for grazing



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,057 ✭✭✭bogman_bass


    Not really because the protein is high so will grow frame rather than fatten them.

    great Stuff for lactating animals and young stock though.



  • Registered Users Posts: 898 ✭✭✭The Nutty M


    Has anyone left red clover bales longer than one year before feeding it out? Did the bales keep well or is it not advisable to leave for more than a year? First year of doing it.

    We have two cuts of 100% red clover bales as well as the silage pit and wondering which is best to leave.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,659 ✭✭✭endainoz


    How do you find the red clover silage bales? It something I'd always have been interested in doing. Do you use them to fatten stock?



  • Registered Users Posts: 898 ✭✭✭The Nutty M


    It's good,only took two cuts off it in 22 which was it's first year. Both cuts were chopped bales with full knives and extra wrapped,7 bales / ac first cut, 4 bales / ac second cut. Got each tested and they came out with 17% crude protein.

    Started out feeding them to everything but stopped and started using the pit silage instead. Cattle went mad for them and were more than contented. That was the reason for asking does the clover bales hold if they were stored. It would be a shame for them to degrade and not have fed them out.



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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 12,611 Mod ✭✭✭✭blue5000


    I think it would be better to use the bales and save the pit stuff. Have never kept RC bales for the second winter so don't know how it would keep? What sort of cattle are you feeding? The RC would be better for younger cattle as bogman says above.

    If the seat's wet, sit on yer hat, a cool head is better than a wet ar5e.



  • Registered Users Posts: 898 ✭✭✭The Nutty M


    Going to leave one bale of each RC cut over and see how it turns out next year. Feeding weanlings only with it for now. They are loving it and looking good.



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