Written collaboratively by Taylor Grussing and Joe Darrington (former SDSU Extension Livestock Environment Associate).
The decision to bind forages with net wrap or twine has been a recent discussion point among livestock producers. While net wrap increases baling efficiency and reduces storage loss, it can be difficult and time consuming to remove and is not digestible if consumed.
The goal of this needs assessment is to evaluate the presence and impact of forage binding and feeding methods on livestock health and production. This assessment will inform a senior design team in the Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering Department that is working on new net wrap materials, as well as SDSU Extension regarding programming needs in this area. In order to determine the effect of forage binding on livestock health, it is important for us to compile the feelings and opinions of livestock producers, allied industry and veterinary professionals.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Taylor Grussing.
This survey has been approved through the SDSU Institutional Review Board Approval #: IRB-1710014-EXM