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Kansas is well known for beef production, but the state’s dairy industry has grown significantly over the past 20 years. Kansas State Universi…

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With more and more larger dairies coming to the High Plains region, it’s only natural for farmers to wonder how they might be able to raise alfalfa hay for that target market.

Mike Brouk, Kansas State University professor and Extension dairy specialist, said large dairies need consistency in their feed supplies.

“The thing you can do to distinguish yourself from other growers is to have a consistent product,” Brouk said. “They don’t have time to test every bale before they feed it. I guarantee that dairy manager looks at the pounds of milk shipped off the farm each day.” Inconsistent feed quality, he added, can result in 4 to 5 pounds of milk reduction per cow, and that’s dollars right out of the dairy’s pocket.