Farmers and Lawn Mowing Companies Vie for Wealth Converting Lawn Cuttings into Silage Food for Livestock

Posted on: 13 January 2017

Farmers are finding a way to turn the lowly grass clippings that are often left on customers' lawns. They now feel that there's wealth in the form of converting grass clippings into silage food for cattle. The conversion trend is increasing, and lawn mowing companies are poised to enjoy the profits of grass clippings too. It appears that sooner or later grass lawn clippings will be acknowledged as a revenue crop product. Farmers and lawn mowing companies can benefit from the use of grass clippings. 

Grass Clippings Can Be a Water Conserving Crop

It's a distinct possibility that the industry movement toward turning grass clippings into silage will increase  as awareness of the product grows. How is that possible? The clippings have a potential to be identified as a water-conserving crop. One expert advances this theory, which the agricultural industry is seriously giving an ear to.

Creating Your Own Grass Cutting Company

You can create a useful company that works on the theory that grass clippings can be converted into livestock silage using your own invented equipment container to store the finished product. From an innovative point of view, it is a sound business move to link livestock operations with a great fodder product for farm animals. That product may cost less than hay or grain. It could bring you additional wealth.

Resourceful Thinking Can Bring You Wealth

Not only are some farmers embracing this forward-thinking idea of how to profit from grass cuttings conversion, but golf course superintendents are said to be recognizing the wisdom of having their industry grass clippings carted off by a lawn care company for recycling into a useful product. That's a clientele that generates huge amounts of clippings considering the acreage that's frequently mowed.

Benefit from Grass Clippings

Other farmers with fewer resources to market grass cuttings are simply dumping the clippings from riding mowers into bags designed to hold silage bales. The bags are placed on metal racks during the bagging process. Once the bags are filled, they're tied at the top to keep out water. These farmers are making silage from their grass clippings, and they're saving money using the silage as food for their livestock needs. Small farmers use the bagged silage to feed their livestock during the months of November and December. They are amazed when their cattle leave any grain they're eating and make a beeline to feed on the grass clippings. What about the nutritional value found in these clippings?

Nutritional Value Measurements of Grass Clippings

Feed value from the clippings are documented to contain a protein content of 18.2 percent. Digestible matter content measures at 68 percent, which is higher than hay content that measures at 59 percent. Small farmers say their high digestible measurements are derived from the frequency of their once-a-week mowing, which results in fresh new growth of grass after mowing.