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alfalfa #9043087 05/05/24 02:11 PM
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I bought 2 ASF hay feeders. I put 2 bales of alfalfa from Colorado in each. They have only nibbled a little on them in one month. Alfalfa has turned tan or brown. I put them in feed stations with protein, corn , and cottonseed. You can't say they haven't found them. I'm in Kinney county and have axis and whitetail. Any idea why they aren't eating it? Do I need to spread it out on the ground and buy alfalfa from a different source ?

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Wait until native burns up then put alfalfa out. it’s way to green in the pasture, nothing that will out compete native forbs


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We just got our first decent rain last Sunday. 2 inches. Before that the only thing that was green is mesquite.

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I saw a decent axis buck checking out a corn feeder on trail cam Feb. 1st. I ran alfalfa bales out the next day and put them in the old cattle hay feeder and improvised a rain cover with two old liquid cattle lick tubs strapped on top. I was proud of myself. 'Course, no more axis pics (they just occasionally wander through) and the whitetail haven't done much with it to this day. If I stick a fork in it there's still green hay in the middle.

They're not emptying the protein either, of which I'll have to unclog after this weekend.


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They have been hitting the protein fairly hard since we haven't really had a decent rain until last Sunday. We put out 10 tons on February 1st and just refilled again last Tuesday. So it took them 3 months to go thru it. The rain we had put some water in the tanks and creek bottoms. I'm hoping it was enough to green up the place so they will lay off the protein. Cameras are showing the herd to be in really good health so the feed program is working. Plus we are fortunate to have water wells keeping the water troughs full. Another big rain would be great.

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Mule deer in Gaines/Andrews will hammer alfalfa (stems and all) in Dec/Jan/Feb but not much the rest of the year, have only had whitetails nibble some leaves off the hay in really cold weather, but they usually have some green wheat nearby

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Originally Posted by jgconst
We just got our first decent rain last Sunday. 2 inches. Before that the only thing that was green is mesquite.


More Forbes then you realize out. just that time of year


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