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    Corn blight affecting dairy farmers! When will they learn?!


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    not sure what point you're making.. the cows need to eat *something*

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    I don't see a problem with feeding cattle silage. In fact, in northern climates, they need a large quantity of roughage to produce enough body heat not to freeze... Ground grain, on the other hand, is less good.

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    Taking delight in their problems isn't going to help...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nion View Post
    Taking delight in their problems isn't going to help...
    If that was aimed at me, I'm not taking delight in anything. I just think it would be better all round if the cattle were freely grazing in open grasslands rather than being fed corn (silage or otherwise).

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithpowers View Post
    I don't see a problem with feeding cattle silage. In fact, in northern climates, they need a large quantity of roughage to produce enough body heat not to freeze... Ground grain, on the other hand, is less good.

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    Yeah, you've got me keithpowers. I'll put my hand up and admit it. I only quickly scanned through through some of the article (naught naughty, but it was late and I was tired and lazy) and hadn't actually twigged that they were talking about feeding silage made from the foliage, rather than the ground grain itself.

    Question: Would cattle graise their way through a corn field if given the option? I don't know the answer (I'm a city dweller after all), but I've only ever seen cows eating grass (on the very rare occasions I leave the confines of my city and actually see them running free in fields.... oh, hang on, here that's only a 20 min drive from the city centre in practically any direction ) or whatever is served up to them in a trough (yes I understand this could be silage made from a number of sources). I guess they might in winter when grass could be scarce.

    Maybe we've got a friendly corn farmer on here who's had problems with cattle breaking into their corn fields for a quick snack who can give us the answer

    Ok, I'll go back to the naughty corner now

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    Corn is not a food. No amount of rationalization will change that. Even 'natural' corn is a man-made frankenfood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by periquin View Post
    Corn is not a food. No amount of rationalization will change that. Even 'natural' corn is a man-made frankenfood.
    This is true, but there's very little of the grain present in most silage... it is usually cut when the ears are small enough to have just started forming cobs. They look like baby corn for stir fry, only smaller and with no grains formed.

    I do recall my uncle did, on occasion, let his corn get too mature before he cut it, and ended up with grain in the chopped silage mix.
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    I remember thinking that the best part of silage was what dripped out the bottom of the silo. Long ago. Long, long ago. Of course after I reached 21 I got some different ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyt View Post
    not sure what point you're making.. the cows need to eat *something*
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