The unfortunate truth is that 23 million acres of lawn clippings are still being thrown into the landfills every week. The BioPac'r presents a way to "package and pickle" freshly mowed lawn clippings for years without rotting. The University of Wyoming Extension Service has proven that cattle actually prefer lawn silage to hay.
What most Americans don't know, is that the cattle born on the public lands of Wyoming are some of the same cattle that are exported to other states to be finished in feedlots, that later find themselves on kitchen tables and the 5-Star restaurants across the planet. Wyoming is sending heifers to places like Russia (Wyoming heifers en route to Russia by Jennifer Womack) to help them build their cattle herds. In a sense, Wyoming Agriculture is the baseline of the cattle industry worldwide and because the University of Wyoming has also recognized this, innovation flourishes in the hearts and minds of every cowboy at heart.
"Agriculture has a sentimental and societal role in Wyoming. It forms the bedrock of a lot of our communities, and it's an important part of our economy—producing the food we all like to eat while preserving open spaces, providing habitat for wildlife and helping sustain tourism," says Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. "We all want to see it continue for future generations." - Excerpt from Ties to the Land by Chad Baldwin
As a Wyoming resident I'm very proud of the interest that the University of Wyoming folks have taken in this "Out of the Box" concept of a universal silage product that can be produced by users of the BioPac'r across the nation, using the native grasses found in the different regions of the United States. In the mountain states, common bluegrass grows throughout the range. There's no doubt that when you hear of grass fed livestock, somewhere along the line these cattle were grazing on common bluegrass. Isn't it exciting that 30 million acres of grass clippings are produced by homeowners across America that can now be safely feed to cattle. The University of Wyoming sees the value in pioneering and dispelling fears when it comes to capitalizing on the 23 million tons being wasted each week. best utilize this natural resource for livestock feed.
The first step to smoothing out the bumps in this road was how to preserve fresh clippings for an extended amount of time so it can be used during the winter. BioPac'r answered this question by giving lawn mowing individuals a tool (BioPac'r) that not only saves them labor costs, but also a specific patent pending process that PREVENTS fresh grass clippings from going down the age old road of composting within a few hours. Lawn Clipping Silage™ was born.
With care given to the 1 ton packages, lawn silage can have a shelf life of up to four (4) years and the Chinese have shown that silage itself can be kept for over ten years. Not until weeks after the package is broken open will mold begin to form.
During the spring of 2013, the University of Wyoming Extension Agent, Hudson Hill and Bridger Fritz oversaw a lawn clipping silage, adaptive feeding study, using calves from a grass fed cattle operation located in western Wyoming. One pen was allowed to eat what they always eat, 100% grass hay. The other pen received 50% grass hay and 50% Lawn Clipping Silage™. The Silage was produced with a BioPac'r by Green Turf Lawnscapes in Jackson Hole, WY during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Until the results are published, all I will say is that the cattle adapted to the new ration within hours with no side effects (scours) and they preferred the Lawn Clipping Silage™ over the hay. I actually witnessed these animals pushing the hay off the silage so they could eat it first.
Until Next Time...