Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons
Pellets and cubes are typically made from lesser quality hays than baled hay. It will often have less eye appeal, not be bright green, maybe rained on, over dried... Protein and calories will be lower than a nice bale of hay but the actual analysis will be right on the bag and it should be consistant from one bag to the next by the same manufacturer.
Compare prices per ton. At $19 for a 110# bale that's $345/T. Pellets have come in under $8.60/50# bag to actually be cheaper.
90 lb bale.
It does make sense that the pellets would be made out of 'lesser' quality hay. The same way the ugly portions of meat become hamburger / sausage, right?
If protein & calories are lower than hay, I don't want to switch.
But of course you did say, "nice" bale of hay, which certainly doesn't describe what is sitting in my shed right now....
I love the idea of cubes spread through the pasture too, can just picture these guys out there searching. Sort of what they do looking for nice grass, but there's no grass, so... good alternative. Not counted as "feed" as you said because it'd be near impossible to tell how much they're eating (or if one horse is eating all of them while the other gets none or just a small portion).