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post #11 of 16 Old 10-25-2010, 11:36 PM
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Peggysue, thank you and now that I have read all of that an understand about half :o) Where can I get the RFV or RFQ of my hay tested at? I live in Mn incase that helps.

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post #12 of 16 Old 10-26-2010, 05:49 AM
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The link I posted does it ... just have to send it in...

you need to look at MORE then the RFV OR RFQ, if you are gonna have it tested be sure to have IRon, Zinc and Copper done as well as NSC :)

You can also contact your local Ag office alot of them do testing

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #13 of 16 Old 10-26-2010, 11:13 AM
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RFV is realitive feed value! The #1 number used to compare different hay types and qualities. Also the #1 number used to determine palatability in hay - the #1 issue with common hay. Yes some people want to know how many ppm selium their hay has, but 90% of the pertant information you need to know is in a basic test.
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post #14 of 16 Old 10-26-2010, 03:44 PM
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Awesome guys I am going to get right on this!! Thanks a ton!!

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post #15 of 16 Old 10-26-2010, 04:11 PM
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i personaly like alfalfa :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-26-2010, 04:25 PM
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I have some regular grass hay...has a few weeds. My horse is a SUPER easy keeper. If she isn't on pasture I give her 4 flakes(they are two string bales) and if she is on pasture I give her only 2 flakes in the evening along with some rice bran and her probiotic.
Bambi and Autumn are new but they are getting quite a bit of hay since they are skinny,rice bran,gentle balance LMF,Alfalfa cubes(only like 10 and they are split into sections),and we also have performance LMF we were told to give but in small doses. Bambi is kinda hyper so only autumn gets it.

I like to get the local stuff here. I have wanted to try orchard grass. I pay about $5 a bale for grass hay and max I would pay is $10 a bale which is usually 3 string large bales. Afalfa is cheaper right now then grass and I love the smell of alfalfa but my horse is on a strict diet..she only gets a few cubes as treats....alfalfa is good for winter and for hard keepers it helps but also it's very rich.
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