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cory-boy 05-21-2008 08:55 PM

Hay.. what cutting is better?
I was wondering what cropp is better, the first, second or third cutting?

kickshaw 05-22-2008 09:43 AM

i've always heard 2nd cutting is the best. (for grass hay; not sure about alfalfa)

that said, the best cutting is the one that's so thick you trip in it...with good stem, too. ;)

farmpony84 05-22-2008 09:46 AM too... I've always heard 2nd cut...

kitten_Val 05-22-2008 11:09 AM

I heard 1st one has more nutritions in it. Quality really depends on kind and year. I got 1st cut 2 years back and it was like straw. 1st cut last year from same place was GREAT: lots of leaves and looked more like 2nd cut.

G and K's Mom 05-22-2008 12:47 PM

First cut tends to have more weeds in it and can be higher in sugars. Think spring grass versus summer grass. It really depends on where you live. Here on the west coast, due to the amount of rain in the spring, the 2nd cuts are usually better than the first cuts.

If you have a long growing season 3rd cuts can still be good, but again our season can be short here so the 3rd cuts tend to be cut while the grass is short.

PoptartShop 05-22-2008 01:19 PM

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I also agree; 2nd.

Dumas'_Grrrl 05-22-2008 01:36 PM

LOL... I guess this is one of those things I had never really thought about before. We always get 2nd cut but I never concidered why it was called that. :roll: Just never put any thought into it I guess. But yeah... 2nd is better.

Vidaloco 05-22-2008 09:01 PM

Our hay guys only do one cutting so don't have a choice. I think 1st cutting on alfalfa is best since the likelyhood of blister beetles is less. Later cuttings may have them in it and they are toxic to horses.
We get brome and prairie grass hay in this part of the country.

carriedenaee 05-23-2008 06:36 PM

your horses are gorgeous Vida

Vidaloco 05-25-2008 12:40 AM

Thanks Carrie :D

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