Feeding hay improves animal health

Description

Improvement of animal health through feeding hay.

For this purpose, a separate hay drying was developed to use only self produces forage and to avoid botulism bacteria.

After some efforts to combat botulism, the feeding was changed to pasture and hay, thereby the risk of infection decreased. It was important to use self produced feed in order to avoid as many external factors as possible. Silage can have the effect of multiplying botulism and therefore the grass was dried by its own hay drying system.

Farm description

Environment

  • Soil type 1: Peat
  • Soil type 2: Clay
  • Climate: Temperate oceanic climate

Grassland management

  • Grazing: Yes
  • Grazing management type: rotational grazing
  • Forage conservation type: Hay

Structure

  • Organic farm
  • Agricultural Area : 80 ha
  • Permanent grassland area: 50 ha
  • Temporary grassland area: 30ha
  • Average stocking rates:
    • Agricultural area 2.25 LU/ha
    • Grassland area 2.25 LU/ha

Animal performance

  • Dairy cows: 120
  • Breed type 1: HF

Why it is working

Producing hay instead of silage reduces the breeding ground for botulism bacteria and reduces the risk of infection on dairy cows.

Additional information

Farming system

organic farming

Domains of innovation

animal feeding management

Main types of animal

dairy cattle

Country

Germany

Product type

Farmer portrait

Language

English, German

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