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I'm growing alfalfa for my couple of cows. I was wondering how long I should wait to put them in the field with it or do I have to wait a few years before it's okay for them to eat it. When I say put them on it, I mean in the field with it growing.

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Answered on December 23, 2014

You should not turn them out into an alfalfa field, as they tend to overeat it that way and will bloat up and can die from it. They will at the least get severe diarrhea. The alfalfa will start to form little purple blooms and is ready to cut. Let it dry in the cut rows for a few days then have it baled or rake up and stack into a mounded stack. Then it can be fed to your cows with less problems and they will still get loads of nutritional benefit from it.

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