Originally Posted by iambatmanxx
Now that I read it, that makes sense. It was a brain fart on my part, it was what I was told. But it was explained to me that since it was dormant for so long, when it grows it doesn't hold much nutrients. Whether that is true or not, I have no idea.
I was just simply stating what I've been told.
Please don't be offended as I don't think that production acres meant to make fun of you personally or be rude in any way. I think that his farm, since this is their business, their PASSION just gets a laugh out of the crazy things us dummies (and I include MYSELF in that) think makes up good hay. There is a HILLARIOUS posting on his web site about it ;)
I've been doing a lot of research lately and like he says there are SO many variables to making good hay. I think it's pretty much known by ppl in the hay business and professional dairy men and the like, that a forage test is the ONLY way to know what quality you are getting. I'ts also my understaning that good hay put up and stored properly can and will last for many years with very little nutrients lost. All things being equal id rather have this years hay but all things are never equal and i'm happy to get a great deal on last years hay IF it was stored properly and has good forage numbers. Look on any of the big hay sites and they post all their forage test numbers.
Being raised on a farm with cattle and horses I was always taught the hay mantras too. A. It must be green
B. It must be this years hay
C. It can't have been rained on before bailing
D. It must be 2nd or 3rd cutting
I think before science that is what farmers used to compare quality of hay and these old wives tales just go down through the generations :)
Good luck and I think it's awesome that you are bailing your own hay. KUDOS for you that's awesome. Maybe some day ill graduate to bailing my own hay (in my dreams I do LOL)