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Dairy farmer changes crop plans with great success

A Wisconsin dairy farmer changed his crop rotations, his forage choices, and how he manages the land with great success.

Joe Bragger tells Brownfield, “Our pregnancy rates, our milk production, everything is improving. There’s always another way to do things.”

Bragger farms near Independence not far from the Mississippi River in Buffalo County. “Following last year’s corn silage, we put in triticale, harvested it this spring, then right at the end of May terminated it, planted a four-way dairy cocktail that has the energy equivalent of corn silage, and in some cases, we’re getting even better digestibility.”

He also says making the switch from alfalfa to a mixed forage cocktail has several advantages.

Dairy farmer changes crop plans with great success