While 2019 was a good year for cool season grasses, it was not a good year for hay production. Tonnage was high, but quality was low for many livestock producers. NDSU Extension rangeland management specialist Kevin Sedivec says a lot of moldy hay was put up with the cool, wet conditions. “When feeding hay this winter, know what you have out there. Feeding high levels of mold puts cows at a greater risk for abortion.” Sedivec recommends blending off moldy feeds to decrease levels. There are options to add quality back into the diet, such as cracked corn or distillers grains, to bring protein and overall quality back up. In spite of it all, there is one positive to the excess moisture; hopefully that means good grass growth come spring. Listen to the RRFN interview with Sedivec.