Pasture Board and Feeding Hay
I offer pasture board at my farm. I maintain all my pastures beautifully, manure is picked out MANUALLY every two weeks by a crew, mowed, seeded etc. My question surrounds hay, at this time of year, when do you begin feeding hay? I am not one to waste resources, if the grass is plentiful, I typically wait. I am just not of the school of thought that just hays to hay. What is your position on this? Last year I started haying a little later, when I wasnt seeing much regrowth etc. Thoughts are helpful!
I pasture board my horses and i start feeding hay when the temps start to drop below 50 at night (unless the grass dies out sooner). It helps keep my guys warmer and happier also they tend to stay down by the barn at night in the fall and winter, by the light, and there is not much grass down there.
It would depend on when the grass dies out in your area. The less nutritional value of the grass means the horses will be needing a subsitute to fill in those "holes" in their diets.
It's the qualtiy of the pasture, not the quantity that really matters - and as the seasons progress, the nutritional value of the grass changes -- even tall, seeminly "lush" fields can be nutritionally lacking.
I don't "hay to hay" - I hay to be sure that the horses have plenty of what they need to maintain condition and weight and, as the temps drop, to digest and create warmth.
Our grass is still growing this year, but by the end of Nov I'll probably put a round bale out.
I will agree with this nutrition, but most barns I've been to could care less about that. Usually they go and throw hay when they (because the don't reseed at all) have no more grass. Others I've seen always throw it our there.
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