Traditionally, barley has not been seen as good for single stomach animals, such as swine and poultry, because of its high-fibre content. Now Calgary-based Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. is conducting new research that could offer solutions on how to change that. | Screencap via canadianbio.com

Feed barley study has eye on swine, poultry markets

Barley is well known as a good feed for western Canadian beef cattle. But traditionally, it has not been seen as good for single stomach animals, such as swine and poultry, because of its high-fibre content. Now Calgary-based Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. is conducting new research that could offer solutions on how to change that. “The […] Read more

Knives between the baler’s pickup and bale chamber, such as on this Claas baler, reduce the length of hay, giving it more surface area and greater digestibility for ruminants. Researchers say producers should consider if this type of baler might have a role in improving feed use on their farms.  |  Claas photo

Small bites of hay deliver big benefits

Improved digestibility | Research shows cutting 
hay into shorter lengths has advantages

Research shows that cattle feed efficiency and rate of gain improves dramatically when hay pieces are about four inches long, says a U.S. forage expert. As a result, he is advising livestock producers to adopt baling technology that cuts hay into shorter lengths. “The machinery does cost a little bit more initially… but the data […] Read more