My old girl had a tough winter. She went into winter not looking the best. Her weight fluctuated through it. She has come out looking a bit worse for wear, she has gained a little bit of weight over the last few weeks slowly. I have seen the slight gain in weight but it has been slow.
I wanted to know about what hay is the best when it comes to gaining weight? I now you need to give as much as possible. I currently have lucerne and barley hay, I have been feeding her a bisuit of lucerne morning and night. I'm not really sure how to describe how much but a large biscuit and if they are not the same weight or size I give her two. Should I use other hay instead/as well? I can't remember who from but someone mentioned the barley hay and we have it at the moment for the cow and my two boys get it at night.
Just some extra info. Pepper is 27 years old this year. I feed her, her hay about 4.30 in the morning before I have to leave for school during weekdays (before 6.30 on weekends cause of work). Then I'm not home all day most days. Then ranging from 3.30pm to 5pm I give her her hay and get on with making the rest of the feed. I soak about 500grams of speedibeet for her which swells to about 2kilos (If I remember correctly). Added to this is a couple of tablespoons of vitamin/mineral supplement, some garlic, 1 scoop (about 250grams) of copra meal, 1 scoop of economy meal, then half a cup of soy bean meal. This is all mixed in with a bucket of lucerne chalf.
I pull her hay apart so it is easier for her to eat though it falls apart pretty easy anyway. Her teeth aren't what they used to be but she still seems pretty capable of getting through the lucerne hay. So any tips for hay? Tips for feeding in general?
I have added a couple of pictures to show what she looked like this afternoon. I am really unhappy with the way she looks, she has never been this bad before. Also she looks a little more feral then usual because she is in the middle of losing her winter coat. She goes from one extreme to another really thick, long winter coat to really thin, short summer coat. Also that is the barley hay in the pictures I was just seeing if she would eat it. Sorry for the long read, thanks for any help.