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post #1 of 4 Old 11-05-2012, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding reed canary grass???

When getting hay this year dad decided to try something our seller talked him into, reed canary grass hay. I've tried to find info on it and have heard both ways, that's great for horses or worthless. My concern is that my Girl nova eats it but is losing weight like crazy. So I've been feeding her other hay that is alfalfa grass mix which she seems to like better. She's the only one seeming to lose weight from it. Has anyone used this kinda hay befor or heard about it?? Please help me. Thank you!!
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-05-2012, 12:03 PM
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It's supposed to be a decent quality hay, as long as you maintain it correctly.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-05-2012, 12:51 PM
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Reed Canary grass in the northeast MUST be cut for hay before June 1. Once it heads out and the heads turn white/light brown, it has little value (and some animals won't even eat it). To have really good feed value it should be cut before the heads emerge.

This can be difficult since Reed Canary grass tends to grow in wet areas and early in the season those areas may be too wet to get a tractor on to harvest it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-06-2012, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Elana I showed him your post and a few others I'd found recently and now he's mixing what he throws the horses.
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