We use straw as a fiber source in our cows and heifers’ diets. It is also used for bedding for the calves. Straw is the stalk portion of small grains, like oats, barley and wheat. Most of the straw we use is wheat straw. This evening our supplier from Canada arrived with a load of straw. Nick unloaded it and stored all the straw in the shed, as rain is predicted. Right now one load of straw will last us about three weeks.
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Recently we had a local farmer come with his truck mounted with a tub grinder, which easily chops up bales of hay and straw. By chopping the bales up through the tub grinder, the grass hay is then easily mixed into our cows’ feed. The straw bales are chopped up in the tub grinder, then that chopped straw is used for bedding for our cows to lay on in comfortable stalls. It took about one hour to chop up our hay and straw bales to have a six week supply ready for use.