What If You Could . . .
Free Report! “Five Simple Strategies to Catapult Your Dairy Farm Profits”:
- Cut hay/pasture fertilizer expenses by 50% or more
- Slash fuel expenses related to fertilization and liming
- Minimize Ag liming costs, storage, dust and the hassle
- Decrease antibiotic use & nutritional supplementation
- Improve the health of your dairy farm cows
- Eliminate retained fetal membranes
- Slash the incidence of mastitis
- Improve dairy production
- Increase milk premiums
Would You Do It?
I’m betting you would … IF you actually believed that all of the above was possible. Fortunately for you, I’ll prove to you that:
- ALL of the above IS possible
- You can test it at MINIMAL expense
- NO major equipment change is needed
- You can care for your animals exactly the same as you do now.
Extremely Simple & Completely Painless
Whether you are growing hay to bale it or simply growing pasture grass for your own dairy farm, I can help you reduce costs and increase profits in an extremely simple and completely painless manner.
And, unlike the nurse that normally says that before she sticks you with that HUGE needle, I really mean it – “This Won’t Hurt a Bit”. It will actually be a huge relief to your pocketbook and a boon to your bottom line.
Better yet, you can easily test my claims for as little as $30. If your results live up to my claims, then you can switch your whole operation over. No muss, no fuss, no financial risk.
15 Years Experience
I’ve been doing this for 15 years and the one thing I have seen is that customer experience with this program has been almost universally successful. I say almost because I’ve had a few cases where a customer didn’t see the results we expected, but did not allow opportunity for us to tweak the program to fit their needs and make it successful.
These situations, however, have been few and far between. Most often, no additional tweaking is necessary, and implementation of the initial program recommendations is enough to provide for ALL of the above mentioned benefits.
Only Three Ways to Increase Profits
No matter what business you’re in or what product you’re selling, there are only 3 basic ways to increase your profits:
- Raise your price to increase profits margins
- Decrease production and/or marketing costs
- Increase the volume of your overall product sales
For most dairy farmers, number one isn’t much of an option, since the price you get for your milk is pretty much dictated to you, and doesn’t take into account your fluctuating expenses. Therefore, the only way to really increase your profits in any significant way is to address the second and/or third profitability factors on that list.
That’s what I intend to do for you. I can decrease your costs considerably AND possibly even increase your overall milk production, meaning higher sales volume and more money in your pocket.
If you’re interested in making more money, you’ll want to keep reading. Whether you believe anything I’m saying here or not, this could very well be some of the most important information you’ve ever read regarding your dairy business. You owe it to yourself, your dairy business and your family to at least consider what I have to say and test it for yourself.
Drastically Decrease Your Dairy Farm Expenses
As a result of recent increases in crude oil prices, not only have fuel costs risen, so have chemical fertilizer costs. Bad news for farmers such as yourself for whom fuel and fertilizer represent the two greatest costs associated with their business. It’s tough to make a profit when your two greatest expenses double or even triple within just a season or two.
In fact, over the past two seasons I’ve spoken with numerous cattle and dairy farmers who’ve indicated to me that I’m their last option. If I can’t help them reduce costs significantly, they are likely to go out of business entirely. As sad as this is, it is completely avoidable. In fact, not only have they been able to avoid losing their business, they’ve actually increased profits considerably.
THAT is exactly what I want to do for you. I want SLASH your expenses to such a large degree that your profits will actually see a dramatic increase, meaning a great deal more money in your pocket (assuming the Government doesn’t implement a brand new way to put even MORE of it in THEIR pocket).
Chemical Fertilizer Prices Fluctuate with Crude Oil
It’s tough to say just what will happen to fertilizer prices over the coming years because it’s impossible to know where crude oil prices are going to go. But, one thing that CAN be said is that whatever fluctuations we see in the crude oil market we will likely also see in the fertilizer market, most specifically in the cost for urea (see chart below).
So, as long as your fertilizer costs are directly tied to the crude oil market, you sit in “limbo-land” hoping upon hope that crude oil prices won’t go up before next season (and, if you’re lucky, MAYBE they’ll even go down).
But, why be held hostage like that? Is it REALLY necessary? I say that it’s not.
Since my fertilizer is not petroleum based, it does not fluctuate with the volatile changes seen in the crude oil market. Thus, there is no need to wonder from year to year just how much your fertilizer costs may rise. In the 15 years that I’ve been selling this fertilizer, only TWO price increases have been necessary and the total increase in price over those 15 years has been about 15% (an average of only 1% per year).
$15 per Acre per Application
Many of my customers are fertilizing their hay and pasture areas for UNDER $15 per acre per application with an application after each cut or each heavy grazing period . That is their TOTAL fertilizer cost – no gotchas. That’s it.
How much are you currently paying to fertilize your hay fields or pasture areas? I can almost guarantee it’s considerably more than that (unless you’re not fertilizing at all). In fact, I’ll tell you right now, if you’re not paying more, you can probably skip reading the rest of this page because you’re probably already my customer. 🙂
But, Will the Grass Actually Grow?
Of course, the logical follow-up question (which I’m sure you’re already asking) is, “Will I still get enough growth if I cut my fertilizer costs by so much? I NEED good growth for my dairy cows to produce, and I can’t afford to buy hay.”
And, the absolute truth is … ABSOLUTELY!
In fact, in many cases you’ll actually get MORE growth than you’ve gotten in the past. I know that sounds too good to be true, but there are plenty of customers that can attest to that fact.
One of those customers is Robert Benson of West Virginia who said, “AGGRAND more than doubled my hay crop.“
Benson is elated with the results he has had with the AGGRAND products and went on to provide even more detail:
Chemical fertilizer prices keep climbing, so I decided to try AGGRAND. It really worked. In the previous year I had 103 1,000 lbs. round bales. After using the AGGRAND products I got 218 1,000 lbs. round bales.
Likewise, according to Jeff Tuttle of Spiro Oklahoma:
Our first cut yielded 97 thousand-pound round bales of hay. This was about twice the yield of other area farms … We had two months of drought this spring, but thanks to AGGRAND … the root systems on our pastures survived. Other local pastures were badly damaged or reduced to sand lots.
Not to be outdone, Edward Myers, Mansfield, Ohio, harvested an unprecedented five cuttings of alfalfa using AGGRAND. He had this to say about his experience:
I used to get three cuttings. This year I got five. It’s the first time in 20 years of farming.
Moreover, his neighbors told him he’d have weevils if he didn’t use insecticide. But, according to Myers:
My alfalfa has no holes in the leaves. The weevils are not getting my crops. Something in the AGGRAND makes the alfalfa sweet, and the weevil will not eat anything sweet.
A SIDE NOTE FROM ME: It’s actually due to the plant hormones in the AGGRAND fertilizer, which raise plant BRIX considerably, improving insect, fungus and disease resistance (and the nutritional value of the grass/plant).
So, you see, not only can you reduce your fertilizer expenses considerably, you may also be able to increase your hay production considerably, meaning more hay for YOUR herd but also the possibility of baling some of it for sale as well, putting even more money in your pocket.
AGGRAND fertilizer not only SAVES you money, but could actually MAKE you money with additional hay sales.
How About Lowering Fuel Expenditures as Well
Although going back to plow horses and buggies would probably save you some fuel, I’m pretty sure you’d quit reading if that was my recommendation. So, I’m going to suggest a much more reasonable solution: use our fertilizer to reduce your fuel expenses.
You might wonder what fertilizer has to do with lowering your fuel expenditures, and, the truth is, our FERTILIZER actually has no capability for lowering your fuel expenses.
BUT, I CAN help you in this department.
You see, we also market a liquid lime product which can be blended with our liquid fertilizer and applied in a single application, thereby eliminating any necessity to apply ag lime. Thus, you save an entire trip over your fields and all of the fuel, wear and tear and man hours associated with it.
That could add up to considerable savings, especially if you need to apply any herbicides or fungicides, since these also can be mixed into the same liquid application, saving an additional trip or two over the fields.
How much savings will that mean to you? How much will that increase your overall seasonal profits?
The liquid form of AGGRAND fertilizers allowed us to accomplish three tasks in one app. — Jeff Tuttle
No More Dusty, Messy, Bulky Ag Lime
Let’s face it, ag lime is a pain. In order to get it cheap, you’ve got to deal with the dust. Don’t want the dust, pay a premium for pelletized (up to 5 times the cost or more).
Of course, even if you decide to go the cheap route and just deal with the dust, once you account for the freight to bring it in, you’ll still easily pay $30 per ton for standard ag lime. Even if you typically use only a ton per acre per year, that’s still an extra $30 per acre per year, and often multiple tons are needed.
But, that’s not really where the real cost lies. The REAL cost of ag lime is the cost of the wasted fertilizer and the resultant reduction in hay/pasture yield due to the fact that ag lime is so slow acting (and pH remains low).
Unless it’s tilled in, often ag lime is so coarse it can take up to 18 – 24 months for it to fully affect soil pH and at least 6 – 9 months for it to even BEGIN to make any significant change to pH. Even pelletized lime, although considerably more finely ground, can still take a couple months to penetrate the soil profile far enough to begin having a significant effect on soil pH, and STILL may take up to a full year to have it’s full effect.
How much fertilizer are you wasting while you wait for soil pH to come up? Well, according to the Indiana Aglime Council, even at a pH of 6.0, you’re throwing away 11% of your nitrogen, and nearly 50% of any phosphorus applied. At a pH of 5.0 you’re throwing away an astonishing 47% of your nitrogen, 66% of your phosphorus and 48% of your potassium.
Run some quick calculations and you can quickly see how much money you’re throwing away on fertilizer anytime your soil pH is lower than 6.5-7.0. BUT, with AGGRAND that’s not an issue. First, as a liquid fertilizer, much of the benefit that your hay/pasture will gain from our product will come directly through the grass blade itself, foliarly. Thus, the soil pH becomes LESS of an issue (although certainly not insignificant).
Of course, some of the AGGRAND fertilizer will certainly make it’s way to the soil, and soil pH will still limit your grass growth by limiting the ability of your grass to make the most of the soil based nutrients and the AGGRAND fertilizer. Thus, it is important to address this issue. That is precisely what our liquid lime product is designed to do (among other things).
Whatever you may have heard about liquid lime, the truth is, until you actually use it, you will not believe what it is capable of accomplishing for you, even in relatively small quantities.
For about $15 per acre per application, you can include our liquid lime product with our liquid fertilizer and apply it each time you fertilize your hay or pasture areas. And that $15 per acre doesn’t really change, no matter what your current soil pH is. ONE gallon per acre of our liquid lime is all you need to provide for excellent grass growth, even in low pH soils.
By using our liquid lime, you will be achieving multiple benefits at once. First, you’ll eliminate the need to deal with ag lime altogether. Second, you will IMMEDIATELY make, not only the AGGRAND fertilizer, but also any nutrients already present in the soil available to the grass by buffering the soil pH. Lastly, you will provide an immediately available source of calcium to the grass.
If you’d like to learn more about our liquid lime, simply click here to open detailed information in a small pop-up box.
Fuel, Fertilizer & Ag Lime Costs – Slashed!
I’m sure there may still be some healthy skepticism on your part, and that is certainly warranted. There are plenty of companies out there these days that are pitching everything under the sun and making some pretty amazing (and often false) claims regarding the benefits of their products.
However, IF what I’ve said so far is true (and it is), you have sitting before you the potential to slash your fuel, fertilizer and ag lime expenses by a considerable amount, thereby affecting a significant increase in your overall dairy farm profits. And, remember, for just $30, you can test my claims for yourself.
Considering the costs of fuel, fertilizer and ag lime, and the potential of my fertilization program to slash those costs, isn’t it worth at least giving it a shot? What have you got to lose?
Improved Health = Lower Cost/Higher Profit
Your cows are your livelihood. Keeping them as healthy as possible is another useful way to decrease costs and increase profits. Obviously, healthier cows need fewer antibiotics, fewer visits from the vet, less nutritional supplementation and offer greater milk production.
In fact, in a 2005 report written by W.P. Weiss of the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University titled “Antioxidant Nutrients, Cow Health and Milk Quality”, Weiss had this to say:
Cows need to consume a certain quantity of biologically available minerals and vitamins to maintain optimal status. A cow is in optimal status when she has adequate amounts of trace minerals and vitamins for maximal production and to maintain good health.
In addition, Weiss specifically related proper nutrition to the reduction of common health issues experienced by many dairy cows at one time or another:
Certain nutrients act as antioxidants or are components of antioxidant enzymes and have a direct effect on oxidative stress. The prevalence and severity of several important health disorders in dairy cows including retained fetal membranes, udder edema, and mastitis appear to be related to oxidative stress. In addition, antioxidant nutrients can affect milk quality. Milk quality is usually defined in terms of mastitis. Milk with a low somatic cell count (SCC) and visibly normal appearance (no clots) is considered high quality.
Chances are good that mastitis is one of the most common and most costly health issues that you typically deal with, even though you may not yet recognize it as such a profit killer. The truth is, mastitis can kill your profits in a few specific ways:
- Potentially lower milk production
- Higher SCCs resulting in lower milk quality premiums
- Costs associated with treating the mastitis itself
Clearly, significant cost savings and profit increases can be had if incidences of mastitis can be reduced without added expense, and Weis’ paper clearly indicates that improved nutrition can reduce the incidence of mastitis and decrease somatic cell counts – providing for the possibility of higher milk quality premiums.
Just how much difference could this make to your bottom line?
An article written by Shirley Roenfeldtback in 2000 and featured in “Dairy Herd Management” titled “Milk quality: Reclaim lost profits indicates:
Setting a baseline defines the acceptable level of somatic cells and the incidence of clinical mastitis for your dairy. Then, anytime the dairy’s performance exceeds the baseline, you can take action to reclaim lost dollars.
Fetrow offers the following as achievable goals that all dairies should strive for [John Fetrow is a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine]:
- Herd average somatic cell count of 200,000 or less.
- An incidence of clinical mastitis of 2 percent or less.
- An incidence of “hot” mastitis cases (cows which develop swollen quarters and fever) of 10 percent or less of total clinical cases.
Dairies that don’t achieve these levels may be surprised to discover the extent of their financial losses as the following example illustrates.
Take, for example, a 100-cow herd with an average somatic cell count of 403,000 cells per milliliter. The herd has a 4 percent incidence of clinical mastitis per month, and of those cases, 10 percent become “hot” clinicals. In addition, the herd has a culling rate from mastitis of 11 percent (total culling rate is 38 percent). Using milk priced at $12 per hundredweight, and a spreadsheet developed by Fetrow to calculate the losses above a dairy’s chosen baseline, this dairy has total losses of $175 per cow per year.
Even if you subtract the losses from lost milk quality premiums, this dairy still loses $111 per cow per year. With current low milk prices, wouldn’t you welcome an extra $11,000 in profits per 100 cows for the year?
Clearly, as Weis indicated, improving the nutrition of your heard is an important goal. A thousand cow dairy could easily be losing $175,000 per year in lost quality premiums, lower milk production and mastitis treatment, and one of the most effective methods of treating mastitis and high SCCs is through a high quality, nutritionally dense grass diet for your cows.
A Grass Diet, What’s That Go to Do With It?
It is relatively common, of course, for dairy farmers to feed their cows a considerable amount of feed in addition to hay grass as there is evidence to suggest that this CAN increase milk production. However, there is also evidence to suggest that this practice may be doing more harm than good to your long term business success.
FIRST, antibiotics are sometimes added to the feed as a growth stimulant and to increase milk production (either by the feed manufacturer or by dairymen after the fact). Although the studies are mixed as to whether this antibiotic use actually DOES increase milk production, the practice is still used, nonetheless. Unfortunately, numerous studies have also shown that the use of antibiotics in feed raises the incidence of mastitis, which is the issue at hand.
SECOND, consider that as ethanol usage grows, corn prices continue to rise, which, I’m sure you’ve noticed. How far does the price have to rise before the potential additional milk production gained from feeding corn vs. grass/hay is outweighed by the rising cost?
THIRD, there is new evidence emerging which suggests that cows that are allowed a greater percentage of their diet from foraging in the field typically have lower incidence of mastitis and lower overall somatic cell counts, resulting in higher milk quality premiums, and lower mastitis treatment costs.
To me, this seems a relatively obvious conclusion considering the “FIRST” item I mentioned above related to antibiotics in the feed and higher mastitis incidence. If cows are foraging more and eating less or no feed, they are getting less antibiotic which should lessen the incidence of mastitis.
As additional evidence of this truth, there was a paper published at PubMedCentral (a US government medical/health information website) back in July of 2006, which was the result of a joint study performed in Sweden comparing mastitis incidence and treatment between organic and conventional dairies (“Mastitis and related management factors in certified organic dairy herds in Sweden”).
Preliminary studies had been done which indicated lower incidences of udder health problems at organic dairies than at those utilizing more conventional methods.
The study was commissioned in order to determine what the differences were between the two dairy farming methods and which of those differences were helping to improve udder health.
In the end, the study results indicated that the only considerable difference between the two farming methods that seemed likely to reduce the incidence of mastitis was the proportion of concentrates fed. In other words, organic dairy cows were getting more of their sustenance from foraging than conventional dairy cows were.
In their own words:
Results: The organic herds that took part in the studyranged in size from 12 to 64 cows, in milk production from 3772 to 10334 kg per cow and year, and in bulk milk somatic cell counts from 83000 to 280000 cells/ml. The organic herds were found to have a lower incidence of clinical mastitis, teat injuries, and a lower proportion of cows with a high somatic cell count (as indicated by the UDS, Udder Disease Score) compared to conventional herds. The spectrum of udder pathogenic bacteria was similar to that found in other Swedish studies. Treatment of mastitis was found to be similar to what is practiced in conventional herds. Homeopathic remedies were not widely used in the treatment of clinical mastitis.
The calves in most of these organic herds suckled their dams for only a few days, which were not considered to substantially affect the udder health. The main management factor that was different from conventional herds was the feeding strategy, where organic herds used a larger share of forage.
Clearly, if mastitis and high somatic cell counts can result in losses of $175 per cow, then it seems worth considering any possible options which could reduce these significant losses. Based upon the findings of Weiss regarding nutritional deficiency and mastitis and of this Scandinavian study, it seems reasonable to assume that the “grass fed” animals on these organic farms are having less issue with mastitis and high SCC because their nutritional needs are being met more effectively by the grass diet.
Of course, it should be pointed out that all of the available studies and examples I’ve seen related to diary cow health and milk production comparisons between corn fed and grass fed animals have focused on grass fed animals on ORGANIC farms. I think that this is significant because there IS a difference in the nutritional content of grasses fertilized organically vs. those that are fertilized chemically. A simple tissue sample would show significant differences in the FULL nutritional profile of the two grasses, if you pay attention to trace minerals and micronutrients, which are just as important as protein content and such, not only for grass health but also for the health of the animals grazing on it.
This stark nutritional contrast is due to the fact that commercially available, petroleum based conventional fertilizers do not provide these trace minerals, and grass grown using those petroleum based fertilizers doesn’t either (unless the soil itself still contains enough trace minerals and micronutrients to sustain healthy growth – and high BRIX ). In order for any plant to utilize commercial fertilizers that are lacking in these trace minerals and micronutrients, it must “steal” those nutrients and minerals from the soil on which it is grown. Eventually, the soil becomes completely depleted of these nutrients and so does the grass that is grown on it.
By increasing the nutrient density of the grass without the grass having to rob the soil for the nutrition it needs for healthy growth, you make it possible to draw nutrient dense grasses from a field without raping the soil, thereby creating a sustainable mechanism for good growth and healthy cows due to a more nutrient dense grass diet.
Healthy Diet = Lower Cost & Good Milk Volumes
In an article written by Vicky Carson for the April 2006 American Agriculturalist (“High-forage diets boost cow health and milk-making”) she details the journey of Stoney Valley Farm of Waterford, VT from a relatively high grain diet to an increasingly higher percentage of grass foraging. In the beginning the owners of the farm were quite skeptical that they could maintain good milk production while decreasing grain in the cows diet (considering that just about “everybody” seems to think high milk production can ONLY be maintained with a high grain diet).
However, despite their skepticism they decided to run a progressive experiment which would slowly increase the percentage of forage in the diets of their dairy cows. Over the course of three years they raised the percentage of forage to 66% of their dairy cows’ diet and saw only benefits (and NO decrease in milk production). In fact, the experiment is apparently ongoing where they intend to continue increasing that percentage as far as possible.
Here are the details of their journey and their results so far as published in Vicky Carson’s article:
Frustration with high-cost grain supplements plus laminitis in the herd led Stoney Valley to experiment with dietary forage levels. But they didn’t jump to a 65%-forage diet overnight. First, they stopped topdressing grain. Then, they increased the TMR’s forage content to 55%. Milk yield didn’t change. Next, they upped dietary forage content to 60%. With this year’s crops, they’re currently feeding a 66% forage diet. These changes took place over the past three years:
- With each increase in forage concentration, milk yield remained similar (between 75 to 80 pounds per cow per day).
- Milk fat rose to 3.8% to 4.2%.
- Cow heat was easier to observe, and more cows conceived on first insemination.
- Lamanitis numbers began dropping. However, cows suffering from years of overfeeding grain never recovered.
- Fresh-cow health also improved. Before boosting dietary forage, nearly all fresh cows were drenched with propylene glycol for subclinical and clinical ketosis. Now, it’s a rarity.
- Incidence of retained fetal membranes fell to near nill.
- Days in milk to first estrus average 50 days.
So, not only did the farm NOT see a decrease in milk production, they saw many improvements in animal health which resulted in reduced time and costs associated with addressing health issues. Moreover, they have seen a milk fat increase from 3.8 to 4.2%. What does that mean in dollars?
Well, they milk 80 cows and are getting about 80 pounds of milk per day from each cow. That’s 6400 pounds of milk per day. At 3.8% milk fat, that would be 243.2 pounds. At 4.2% that amounts to 268.8 pounds of milk fat per day – an increase of about 25.5 pounds per day.
If their component price for butterfat was $1, that’s an extra $25.50 per day or $9,307 per year. It’s not a million dollar bonus, but, for an 80 cow farm, that’s a pretty significant increase for simply allowing their cows to eat more grass (and that doesn’t even account for the savings related to improved cow health).
How Many Cows are YOU Milking?
If you could fertilize/lime your hay and pasture areas for just $30/acre/application AND increase the nutritional value of your grass, thereby improving cow health, reducing health related costs and increasing butterfat content (without losing milk production), would you do it?
How much additional profit could that mean for your dairy? Based on the numbers above, you could potentially increase your profits by $116 per year per cow (just for the increased butterfat content in your milk). How much more could you save in cow health related expenses?
I Can Help Get You There
AGGRAND liquid fertilizer is an inexpensive, organic, all-natural fertilizer that offers an abundant source of trace minerals, vitamins and micronutrients, which will not only fortify your grass with well balanced nutrition for your dairy cows, it will also supplement the soil, so as to replace what may have been robbed from the soil through numerous years of chemical fertilizer use.
The research papers and studies referred to on this webpage clearly support my claim that increasing the percentage of forage in your cows diet, especially from well fortified, nutritionally dense grass is an excellent way to provide for a SIGNIFICANT increase in cow health, without decreasing milk production. Moreover, it offers you the opportunity to increase milk fat content, thereby increasing the price per pound for every gallon of milk you sell.
The AGGRAND liquid lime is a fast acting pH buffer, allowing you to get the absolute most from each fertilizer application, potentially saving you thousands of dollars per year from wasted fertilizer applications on low pH soils. In addition, it provides a readily available source of critical calcium for improved grass growth, helping to improve grass AND cow health even further (not to mention saving you the fuel expenses related to a separate lime application).
With corn prices moving increasingly higher due to ethanol demand, feed is becoming a less economical alternative to grass as a food source for your dairy herd. Increasingly, feeding your cows a high quality grass/hay diet seems like a reasonable way to decrease costs and increase profits, as long as you can fertilize that hay grass for a reasonable price.
If you can provide the majority of a cow’s nutrition from healthy, nutritionally dense grass forage, it is impossible for that cow NOT to be healthier and more nutritionally satisfied, making them a greater profit producer for you in the long-term. My AGGRAND fertilization program will help you accomplish this goal in the simplest, most economical way possible.
Test it For Yourself
Want to test the ability of my AGGRAND fertilization program to decrease fertilization, fuel and lime costs while increasing the nutritional value of your grass? It’s simple. Just plot off a small test section of your hay field and/or pasture area. Even a few thousand square feet is plenty for the beginnings of your testing.
Purchase a small quantity of my AGGRAND fertilizer and liquid lime to fertilize that plot. Since our typical recommendation is just 1 gallon each of AGGRAND liquid fertilizer and lime per acre, a 3,000 square foot test plot would require just 8 ounces of fertilizer and 8 ounces of lime for an application.
It will be easy to see whether your yield will be similar between the AGGRAND plot and your conventionally fertilized plot. Visual inspection of grass height and density, color and blade thickness should give you a pretty good gauge.
The cost? About $20 for one quart of fertilizer and one quart of lime (including tax and freight). Of course, if your testing goes well (and I know that it will) or you’d like to test the AGGRAND program on a larger plot, your pricing will be MUCH better when purchased in 5 gallon cases, 55 gallon drums or 275 gallon totes (as little as $14.50/gallon for either product).
Since you’re testing, it might be worth doing a few test plots – one at the 1 gallon/acre application rate and a couple others at varying rates. Typically we keep the liquid lime at 1 gallon per acre, but will sometimes vary the fertilizer application rate, depending upon your grass mix and soil quality. Having a few test plots will assure that you’re getting the best ROI for your fertilizer investment.
Plant Tissue Testing
Obviously, yield isn’t everything when it comes to a comparison of one fertilization program to another. Weiss’ paper that was referenced earlier on this page should be evidence enough of that, although simple common sense should be sufficient to tell you that a nutritionally dense grass will provide more value from a smaller volume than a nutritionally deficient grass will.
So, the question is whether my AGGRAND program will actually provide enhanced nutritional density in your grass and hay. Will your cows be healthier by eating AGGRAND fertilized grass vs. eating grass grown with a more conventionally fertilized grass? Obviously, I contend that they will be, but only you can test that.
Initially, tissue testing will be your best asset in that regard. Over time you will begin to see CLEAR changes in the health of your cows, but, in the short term the best way to PREDICT those changes is to utilize tissue sampling/testing to verify the nutritional value of your grass.
So, take some samples from your conventionally fertilized plot and take some samples from the AGGRAND fertilized plot and send them into a lab for tissue testing. The reports won’t lie. Either the grass is more nutritionally dense or it is not. I GUARANTEE that the AGGRAND plot will be a better quality grass offering greater nutritional value to your cows.
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Even if the AGGRAND product turns out to be a “flop”, you won’t be out anything.
You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Feed prices are rising. Fuel and conventional fertilizer prices are still high and could easily spike again. Minimize the effect these issues can have on your profits. Improve the health of your cows. Reduce expenses. Produce higher quality milk and gain the quality premiums you’ve been missing.
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