Bloat hazard: Grazing alfalfa in fall 2010

Bloat hazard: Grazing alfalfa in fall 2010

Dennis Cash and Rachel Endecott

Tri State Livestock News

After Labor Day weekend, many Montana ranchers begin sizing up their hay crop and pastures for fall and winter feed. Across Montana, substantial rain during 2010 has resulted in a supply of stored hay and standing grass – best described as “bodacious.” In many counties of central and eastern Montana, the growing season precipitation (April 1 through Sept. 1) matched or exceeded the long-term average annual precipitation.

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