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Green Acres


September 20, 2017

Precautions before Grazing Alfalfa and Cover Crops

• All producers should use a bloat block and expose the cattle to the bloat block in the pasture shortly before putting them onto a cover crop or alfalfa field. Seven days prior is a good rule of thumb. The bloat blocks can be placed in their salt tub.

• Make sure the cattle are full before letting them out on to the alfalfa or cover crop.

• Test the crops and weeds for nitrates (cereal grains, kochia, turnips and radishes). Turnips and radishes seem to have the highest nitrates of the cover crops mixture. Nitrate measurements le...

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