The challenges of 2019 have left many livestock producers facing a shortage of hay. NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center livestock systems specialist Janna Block says there are ways to stretch feed supplies this winter. “We often feed cows to their appetite, eating 2.5 to 3 percent of their body weight in forage depending on the quality. Higher quality forage can be fed at lower amounts that will still meet nutritional needs.” Reducing hay waste is one way to stretch feed supplies. “Rolling out bales is a common strategy. Unfortunately that is the one that results in the most waste, some studies say up to 45 percent.” Block recommends livestock producers try to feed a one-day supply at a time. Grinding or processing hay will also increase utilization of low quality hay. Hear more from Block in this RRFN interview.