Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Grass Hay shortage in my area, looking for forage substitutes
My hay guy has warned me that this has been a VERY bad year for hay (Missouri River flooding was awful). He says brome, brome mix, and prarie grass are going to be hard to come by in the early spring because most farmers weren't able to grow and put up as much. Last year I had a hard time, and if it's going to be worse, well I'm a little worried. I bought close to the max my storage area at the stable can hold (36 bales brome/prairie mix) and Cinny eats about 2 bales a week in winter. That puts me into about March, when it's supposed to be bad so...
I'm wondering if there is something else out there that I can give him with his feedings as in forage, that will give him the gut fermentation he heeds for warmth so that I can feed him a little less of the hay and conserve??? Right now he gets 2-3 flakes twice a day (depending on how cold it is going to be) plus a ration of Purina Strategy Healthy Edge. I don't want to up the Healthy Edge because I don't think it will really count towards fermenting forage, and will just make him "hot" and give him an attitude. He can't eat Alfalfa because for some reason he gets a sensitive tummy from it. I know that forage is very important for his digestion, so I really want to know if there is an "okay" substitute....especially in a dire case that I have to go a couple weeks without the brome/grass mix in spring if it gets to that point. If it does I'm liable to driver out a few states with a trailer and see if I can get some from another state.