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    02-27-2012, 02:32 PM
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Hay analysis results- good or bad?

We have pretty limited options when it comes to hay, so changing hay isn't an option, but when I saw that nutrena was having free hay testing at the expo figured it'd be good to know
Here are the results:
Crude protein(CP): 7.7%
Acid Detergent fiber (ADF): 37.6%
Neutral detergent fiber(NDF): 73.0%
Equine digestible energy(DE)/ Calories: 883 kcal/lb

They did go over the results with me a bit but I'd like to hear your opinions
     
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    02-27-2012, 03:52 PM
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Green Broke
Looks like average to above average normal grass hay. You can google those numbers and see where your hay compares.
     
    02-28-2012, 12:58 AM
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I'd call that basic "chew" hay. Keeps them busy but you need alot of it to meet their needs. With the NDF that high, I'm surprised the DE is as good as it is.
     
    02-28-2012, 09:32 AM
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Foal
Do you have a local Extension Service in your county? If you do and they have a livestock agent you can take your results to them and they will go over it with you and can make recommendations based on your horse's needs. And it should be free!!
     
    02-28-2012, 10:15 AM
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Trained
This site has some good info: Equi-Analytical Laboratories - Profiling Feed for Better Nutrition

As does this: http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/forag...ons/ID-190.htm

The Equi-Analytical has a good list of links too.
     
    02-29-2012, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
looks like average to above average normal grass hay. You can google those numbers and see where your hay compares.
It's Timothy grass hay, I tried googleing the numbers but a got a lot of irrelevant links which is why I posted here where there is bound to be someone who could answer my questions

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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
I'd call that basic "chew" hay. Keeps them busy but you need alot of it to meet their needs. With the NDF that high, I'm surprised the DE is as good as it is.
Lately I've been putting about a half bale(roughly 20-25lbs) out for 2 horses and a donkey, the one horse has no teeth and doesn't really eat it, his main forage source is chopped hay. I have been feeding TnT from TSC, but I'm thinking of switching to hi-fiber by lucerne farms. I got a bucket of it at the expo and I liked that it seemed much softer which I figured would be better for my old guy. Any idea if one is better then the other?

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Originally Posted by TimeChaser    
Do you have a local Extension Service in your county? If you do and they have a livestock agent you can take your results to them and they will go over it with you and can make recommendations based on your horse's needs. And it should be free!!
How would I even find out if there is one? We don't live in a very farmish area so I doubt it. I live in Monroe county Pennsylvania if there is a way to look it up, I couldn't finding anything but maybe I'm not searching the right key words.

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Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
This site has some good info: Equi-Analytical Laboratories - Profiling Feed for Better Nutrition

As does this: Purdue Forage Information

The Equi-Analytical has a good list of links too.
Thanks, I will look at those in the AM, it's time for bed now
     

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