The CanaMaize™Advantage for Grazing and Forage for Livestock
Video taken by Carman Holland of A.N.R. Belsheim, Tulliby Lake, Alberta
CanaMaize™provides excellent forage for fall and winter grazing
Great yields provide some of the lowest daily feed costs possible for grazing forages
- Increased palatability means total plant utilization in grazing areas – less residue left in the field and less waste of available grazing forage
- CanaMaize™is an early maturing corn variety
- CanaMaize™matures faster than traditional corn
- Harvest moisture is lower – ears fill faster
- Early maturity means reliable dependable kernel development resulting in high energy forage
- CanaMaize™costs less to produce compared to traditional corn hybrids
- Costs for conventional CanaMaize™seed are significantly lower than hybrid corn seed
- CanaMaize™can be solid seeded and harvested with conventional equipment – NO specialized corn equipment required
- CanaMaize™is a short stature corn growing 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall
- Short stature means more plants can be planted per acre than with other corn varieties
- Higher plant population forms and early canopy – suppressing weeds and increasing grazing yield
- Swathing is easily managed for swath grazing
- Rapid whole plant dry-down makes baling and option for producers
- CanaMaize™has thin palatable stalks
- Stalks are easily digested and palatable to livestock
- Despite thin diameter, lodging resistance is excellent
Your corn field is mature…now to graze.
Management is the key with grazing cattle on corn, whether standing or swath grazing. Producers should understand that livestock cannot be turned into a field of grazing corn with an empty stomach, the result can be grain overload or founder. This pertains to CM440 or any other corn variety you are using for grazing. The Western Beef Development Center has conducted corn grazing trials and is a good resource for Producers new to grazing corn or for Producers who need to modify their current management practices to improve efficiency. Please keep in mind that the varieties used within the WBDC trials have RR traits, unlike the conventional variety, CM440. The corn production practices may differ from CM440 but the management of grazing is the same regardless of the variety.
Click on the link for WBDC fact sheet on standing grazing corn:
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CanaMaize™can be grazed from the swath, with the plants standing or from bales.
The method used will depend on individual producers’ needs and preferences.
Swath Grazing CanaMaize™
CanaMaize’s short stature, thinner stalks, and solid seeding make it an excellent option for swath grazing
Most traditional corn varieties and hybrids are too tall to swath and their tough stalks damage sickles
- Keeps grain from maturing totally; ears and stalks are more palatable to livestock
- Reduces waste due to lodging, shelling, and trampling
- Electric wire fences are easily moved to control animal access to available feed and to monitor utilization of the crop
- Forage is accessible after snowfall
- Helps ensure a more balanced diet
- With plants swathed, as animals choose ears to eat first they also drag the entire plant into their mouth
- Without swathing, animals rip off the more palatable ear and move on to the next plant, leaving the stalk uneaten
- Studies at Brandon Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre show wastage by trampling can be reduced by up to 65% by swath grazing
Grazing Management Tips
- Livestock management is an important part of a profitable fall grazing program.
- Controlled access to the available grazing crop is essential to maximize feed efficiency and ensure best animal health.
- Portable electric fences allow controlled access to available crop and permit division of available crop into two to four day feed supply.
- Run portable fencing perpendicular to swathes or standing crop to make use of the insulating value of the swath or standing crop
- The ground below the swath freezes later than the surrounding ground enabling posts to be easily pushed directly through the swath.
- A cordless drill used to drill into frozen ground can make post placement easier
- Use a vice-grip or wrench to turn the post before removing from frozen ground
- If the crop is left standing, drive a snowmobile, four-wheeler, or tractor to make paths for running fences
- Mowing in fall makes placement even easier
- Grounding in snow may require double wire fencing with both a positive and ground wire
- Where possible use 110 volt energizers instead of batteries and solar panels in winter. Snow can cover the panels and cold temperatures often rob batteries of their power
- Portable fence posts have traditionally been made of rebar or fibre-glass rod. Some new ideas include spoke-like wheels with an insulator in the centre that can be rolled into position. Check with your local supplier to see what will work best for you!
- Sheep producers often find electrified netting makes the best portable fence. This allows producers to restrict livestock movement longer which reduces residue. This fencing forms a visual barrier as well as a physical one but does require a good fencer as some power is lost
- Soil compaction from animals will be reduced as soil will be broken up by the frosts in the spring
Following recommended crop management practices will help ensure the highest quality forage.
Crop management, weed control, fencing, water sources, and livestock management skills are all important parts of a profitable fall grazing program.
Click to view our CanaMaize User Guide CM440
Friendly Acres Seed Farm Corn Trial Results
Click to view the trial results to see how CanaMaize compares to other corn varieties.
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