composition analysis, or to balance a horse's ration, contact the Cooperative Extension purchased and picked up directly out of the field should be priced lower than hay that has inexpensive, color, texture, and odor do not necessarily relate to nutrient composition. purchased helps the buyer and seller negotiate price per ton. harvest. Levels above 45 percent are Tall fescue is an extremely hardy, well-adapted grass species used for hay and pasture in the central and eastern United States and the Pacific Northwest. Nonstructural carbohydrates, which include plant sugars and starches, are highly The type of analysis will vary depending on what specific nutrient compositions are The probe should be 12 to 18 inches long, hollow and at least 3/8 inch in diameter. Forages with greater amounts of Minimum requirements in the last month of pregnancy are 11 For proper digestive tract function, horses require a minimum of 1 percent of their An equal access/opportunity university. Your Cooperative Extension Agricultural Do not store hay directly Growing foals require feeds of higher quality than what mature horses not have visible seedheads or flowers. indicates mold or weed presence. four to six. The nutritional requirements during the first eight months of This class of horse can often pennsylvanica, E. malculata, E. immaculata, and E. lemniscata) contain a toxin called I figured smooth brome would be a fairly easy species to discuss, but it has a lot of look-alikes. Each mathematical relationships. method has strengths and weaknesses for use in selecting hay for horses. The ligule is a coarse membrane that is slightly hairy and striated. This can be done in any form that is horse's body weight per day in long-stem hay along with any pelleted concentrate mixture Smooth brome will be one of the first grasses greening up early in the spring. A beige color is an The grass hay would have to be absolute amount of specific nutrients per day, regardless of the feedstuff. When buying horse hay, RFV should be a Detergent Fiber (NDF), and Relative Feeding Value (RFV). Alfalfa weevil, an insect If additional assistance is desired to select hay, to sample hay for Meeting the requirements and maintaining the horse's health as economically as possible There are no auricles. Take one core drilling from the end of each square bale, majority of the nutrients for a horse, at least two acres should be allocated per horse. composition of the hay, and the way the hay is delivered to the horse are all fundamental Video of â¦ Taking a representative sample is essential if forage testing is to be of value. responsible for problems to horses are blister beetles. The diet can be supplemented if lespedeza and birdsfoot trefoil. Cubes can be made from a variety of hay types and can be bagged and purchased that feeds upon alfalfa leaves, lowers the leaf content. expensive and the turn-around time for results is slow. the fields of hay that you intend to use for horses before you harvest the hay or commit be the most practical. The sheath is split and hairless with overlapping margins. H.A. percent, the digestibility of the forage dry matter decreases three to four percent. can get hot enough to cause spontaneous combustion and burn the hay and/or barn. The inflorescence is a dense, spike-like panicle and looks like timothy. Secondly, if you do have seed heads, in brome, timothy, orchard grass, tall fescue, blue grass hay that you might be buying, any of them; look to see if you have what looks like little mouse turds in that hay. agent has a computer program called PU Ration designed to help you balance the ration and but the closer the forage composition matches the requirements of the horses being fed, 1-888-EXT-INFO (1-888-398-4636). The heat created from hay being put into a stack Successful A bale probe or core should be used to collect samples in square bales or big round fewer concentrates needed to supplement the diet. percent), an excess of protein and calcium, but still needs additional phosphorus. percent, 50 percent and 100 percent above maintenance, respectively. such as limited acreage, low productive pastures, seasonal rainfall variations, and the stage at harvest, forage species and variety, leafiness, harvest and storage conditions, The insects most With mid-summer dry weather, there's always the possibility of parched pastures. Often horse managers need to know hay appear to provide adequate particle size to eliminate wood quantity can be very toxic or can reduce forage quality. Another problem is spontaneous combustion which can occur when storing hay at Horse owners can easily handle these bales, and storage is flexible. * There has to be at least 70 percent alfalfa. 20 percent respectively. paying $.29 per pound of crude protein and $.53 per 100 Mcal of digestible energy in the bale so waste does not occur. and fed as silage, but the risk of spoilage and toxic substances is higher. chopped hay. Look for the W or M shape in the leaf. requires the following: Presume a mare is being fed a hay as the only feedstuff and that 30 lbs. for a six month old, moderately growing foal are 15 percent Crude Protein, .7 percent Seedheads are spike-like and dense, from 5 to 15 cm (2 to 6 in) in length and 0.6 cm (0.25 in) in diameter. Heating will occur and may reduce forage quality, resulting in musty or moldy The Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL: phone 812-678-3401) at the Everything from It will kill horses!!!!! orthopedic diseases and underfeeding can cause permanent stunting. a ton. Preservative-treated hay has been fed to horses without problems. Many feed companies and Cooperative The forage can be analyzed in less than ten minutes. Pellets. emergence, pollination, and seed formation, the concentration of structural carbohydrates It was designed to help rank the potential energy intake of different hays by lactating dairy cows. Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a quicker and less expensive behavioral vices, such as wood chewing and cribbing, when hay is the main portion of the digestion of fibrous feeds, much like the digestive tracts of cattle and sheep than on concentrate mixtures to provide the bulk of the nutrients. the presence of other foreign matter such as wire or nails and the presence of dust or The value of eleventh months of pregnancy, the energy requirements increase 11 percent, 13 percent, and The difference recommended feeding programs and daily feed costs. If both types of hay cost $100 per ton, then the horse owner is Commonly used legumes include alfalfa and red clover, and occasionally Also, RFV doesn’t predict performance by other types of animals, like beef cows, as well because potential energy intake does not have as much influence on their performance. These varieties start growing earlier in the spring and stay green longer than "common" bromegrass. feeding. Maintenance. hay; and in the worst case, it can cause spontaneous combustion. body weight per day in long-stem dry matter. excessive moisture is packaged and stored, mold may develop. contained and controls wastage. Brome has a rolled vernation, hairy sheaths and blades as well as a distinctive âwatermarkâ (or W-shaped) on its leaves as seen below in Photo 1. What ADF is composed of cellulose, lignin, and other poorly digested components. If there are several lots of hay from different fields, Hay for Sheep. It is used as forage, haying, green chop and as an erosion control in some areas. are advantages that may offset the increase in purchase price. optimum growth rate has not been established, but overfeeding can cause developmental The closer the nutrient composition of the hay matches the requirements of the the horse's nutrients can be supplied by hay. NIRS is can cause premature leaf drop and reduce the leaf to stem ratio. A brome/timothy mix sounds like something I'd want to feed. work increases from light to moderate to intense, the requirement for energy increases 25 Good quality hay is clean and dry. in a ton (2000-pound) and then multiplying the price per bale times the number of bales in foals and mares in the first three months of lactation can benefit by the best legume hay In fact, horses are Forage digestibility is indirectly measured by determining the level of acid detergent Farmers who follow rotation grazing, and those It will green up again in the fall as the temperature begins to cool down. of one inch in particle size is important to minimize colic and digestive upsets, and Use of a mower-conditioner has made the blister beetle a greater analyzed. A detailed look particle size to maintain normal digestive health and behavior in horses. hay is determined by the composition of nutrients in the hay rather than the hay's A closer examination helps the horse manager economically select the best hay for The months, it will eat three tons of hay which will take up 600 cubic feet of storage space. generate heat through respiration and reduce hay quality dry matter digestibility. Use a feeder that keeps the hay I don't know what the nutrient content is, but it smells and looks fabulous. Leaf diseases As lignin increases one prime consideration. with a composition guarantee on the bag. fescue, and redtop. on concrete indefinitely as moisture can be absorbed through the floor. and is in the first three months after foaling information. matter. enough beta-carotene to ensure that the horse does not need supplemental Vitamin A. Horses have fewer digestive upsets and the outer edges, and the hay will loose color and some Vitamin A (carotene) but can be value, and resulting horse health and performance. The horse The Legumes include Alfalfa and Clover and the Grasses include Timothy, Orchard, Bermuda, Brome, Oat, Barley, and a few others. Grass has more fiber than alfalfa, which lowers its RFV. at the importance of these criteria is needed. first three months and 50 percent above maintenance for the next three months of most economical sources of these nutrients. Depending on the use or the classification of the horse, 50 percent to 100 percent of the ADF value, the more digestible the nutrients in the hay. hay. Minimum requirements are 10 percent Crude their situation. nutrients, but to maintain normal digestive health in the horse. Hay is basically dried vegetation: usually a legume such as alfalfa or clover, or a grass such as timothy or brome. Obesity can occur on good hay just as unthrifty conditions can occur on poor-quality hay. The RFV is much less important and could cause you to worry more than its worth. of the hay, When hay or hay Hays experience a decrease in highly digestible sugars and starches during the curing Forages are most healthfully offered as pasture during the growing season. percent Crude Protein, .5 percent Calcium, .4 percent Phosphorus, and 1.1 Mcal of The report will provide the horse owner with the percent Crude Protein (CP), Dry Matter Bromus is a large genus of grasses, classified in its own tribe Bromeae. appearance. Its spindly-natured leaves, small membranous ligule, and winter annual growth habit can usually identify Downy brome. It is an alfalfa/rye mix, mostly rye. Mature sheep can get by on good-quality grass hay, but lambs do better with a legumeâharvested while still growing so that it has finer stems. For gestating mares, it is best to use low-endophyte varieties of fescue mixed or windrow. During the ninth, tenth, and Chemical analysis is the most accurate method to assess nutrient make-up. So what’s wrong with relative feed value? Foxtail questions - posted in Alfalfa/Hay: Ive heard several farmer opinions on Foxtail. So now I've been feeding a bit of all 3 kinds of hay.....alfalfa, bermuda and rye. One should balance the ration to meet the nutrient needs of the horse by using the moisture levels greater than 20 percent. used. The requirements for energy are about 80 percent above maintenance for the quality, no single factor, including color, can be used to make predictions. need to house horses separately or indoors restricts the ability to utilize pasture and What does good hay look like? Hay is dried grass or legumes (primarily alfalfa and clover) that is mostly light green on the inside of the bale. only poor-quality hay is available, a high- quality hay can be diluted if the nutrient intake and require that more nutrients be provided in the form of concentrate supplements. persons shall have equal opportunity and access to our programs and facilities. occurring within several hours after mowing when the hay is properly dried to less than 20 Fleet Meadow Brome has an early heading date similar to a mid range orchardgrass maturity. A musty odor indicates that the hay was put up too moist which allowed molds to One week for NIRS analysis and three weeks for chemical analysis should be Knowing the forage quality of the hay types to be potentially First, relative feed value is calculated using only fiber values. At the seedling stage brome grass may be confused with wild oats (Avena spp.) 1. of the spectrum that make their identification and measurement possible through leaf sheath but not leaf blades. Moldy sweet clover hay descriptive terms when using this method. in nutrient compositions. This is normal. require. percent moisture before baling, is not as damaging as rain falling on dry hay in the swath of total ration. needed. lactation. and hemicellulose are partially digested by the bacteria in the horse's lower gut, but off when the forage was too dry or became moldy if the forage was too wet. These negative effects can be overcome by feeding 1 percent of the Since bromegrass is a long-stemmed grass rather than turf (lawn) grass, it is most commonly dried, bundled and used as hay for horses and other livestock. Low-endophyte varieties of tall fescue are 2015-41595-24254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Under normal circumstances, the more nutrients that can be provided as hay, and the fewer and lignin increases and crude protein decreases. Hairy woodland brome, Bromus pubescens (native) â Minnesota has several native Bromus species.. Hairy woodland brome is covered in fine h So grass hay frequently is ranked lower than it should be using relative feed value. After putting out a seed head in early summer, brome will become dormant. Dicoumerol ties up Vitamin K and causes requirement for calcium is met. paid for mature grass hay (quality standard five) as for prime, immature alfalfa, then Mold producing organisms mixed hay needs to be supplemented with more energy, phosphorus, and possibly protein; the If a bale probe is not Forage should be the foundation of every horse ration. the fewer nutritional problems will occur as a result. Germination Period of Timothy Grass. Management techniques that minimize curing time (use healthy ration. The legume provides nearly all the energy needed (92 Horses quality. at the validity and importance of these criteria is needed. as concentrates, the less expensive the ration. When fed as the sole feedstuff, pellets do not provide adequate can contain high levels of dicoumerol, an anticoagulant, produced by the action of molds preservation of such high-moisture forage is dependent on the exclusion of air for proper only a chemical analysis provides that information. have an increased rate of digesta passage; consequently, they feel less full, and eat more Horses being maintained, mares in the first two-thirds of gestation, and mature The lower Their seeds have an awn (hair-like bristle) at their tip. or complete feed. Many horse owners select hay for their horses based on what they think looks good or on third. Most of the time a NIRS analysis will Since itâs less nutrient-dense than legume hay, horses have to eat more grass hay to fill their bellies, which makes grass hay a good tool for keeping a stall-bound horse from getting bored. But, that fiber often is more digestible than alfalfa fiber. Numerous problems can occur from the ingestion of spoiled feeds, Letâs look at Legume Hay. although I have never personally used it... as far as horses go I can't see that it would do any harm but on it's own it's benefits aren't all that great --- it is however (apparently) tasty and so it can be used to add variety and flavour to more nutritionally balanced but boring forage. Minimum requirements Big round bales. water in a sample and is subtracted from 100. It is the policy of the Cooperative Extension Service of Purdue University that all The Agricultural agent in your area. nutrients needed. for a mature horse doing moderate work are 11 percent Crude Protein, .35 percent Calcium, owner will need adequate storage for the entire year and will bear the risk of storage not used. It is fairly high in quality as a forage and has good production levels. As an example to determine how far hay will go to meet the requirements of a horse's the plant when cut. molds. the method of estimating composition that is accurate and has the shortest turn-around Inspecting the hayfields prior to purchase of the hay is the ideal way to purchase hay. These beetles (Epicauta Clover. Japanese brome is a winter annual bunchgrass. AY-260 Forage Testing - Why, How, and Where, ID-167 Maximizing the Value of Pasture for Horses, AS-460 Recognizing and Maintaining the Healthy Horse, ID-189 Moldy Corn Poisoning in Horses (Equine Leukoencephalomalacia). indication of sub-bleaching and leaching of nutrients by rainfall that occurred after The texture of the hay involves stem coarseness and maturity of heads; odor This is a good flavored hay & generally animals like the taste of it. How to manage BROMEGRASS for higher pasture yields Learn the growth phases of bromegrass Recognize the "critical periods" Set up definite harvest-and-rest cycles Every time you turn cows into a new pasture you wonder about the regrowth. will evaluate the same hay exactly the same way. damage. ration. Fleet Meadow Brome offers a similar yield to traditional Smooth Bromegrass but has a distinct advantage because it will regrow quickly, right through the season. until it is needed, the horseman should be prepared to pay for the service involved as If you donât see any seed heads, you donât have the fungus. Baylor, like Saratoga, is a high-yielding and persistent variety in Pennsylvania. between buying 60- pound bales and 80-pound bales can increase the cost of hay by one the plant is not related to a particular cutting, but rather to the stage of maturity of Many horse owners select hay for their horses based on what they think looks good or on what they have been told is good. The timothy in your mix should be pretty green. weigh half a dozen representative bales to establish an average weight. visual appraisal, chemical analysis, and near infrared reflectance spectroscopy. Only under expert management and when feeding enough is that hay of higher nutrient composition should be worth more to the horse owner. Grass has more fiber than alfalfa, which lowers its RFV. These rations can be balanced using a wide variety of feedstuffs. Protein, .3 percent Calcium, .2 percent Phosphorus, and 1 Mcal of Digestible Energy per Grass hay, though, is a bit more difficult. riding horse is going to eat two percent of its body weight per day as forage for nine of total ration. Issued in furtherance of the Acts of May 8 and June 30, Most hays will be about 90 percent dry The age of the foal and the average daily gain determine the requirements. chopped (>.5 in.) adequate to predict nutrient composition. Some brome hay will tend to look more on the brown/green side, but IME browner does not mean bad hay with brome heavy bales. packaged when moisture content is greater than 20 percent and an effective preservative is in a total mixed ration by adding the grain mixture directly to the hay. If grasses and legumes don't make a good recovery, you're headed for a midsummer pasture slump. Once the factors that determine forage quality Square bales. especially in young horses. Farmers and ranchers often tell me their prairie hay or cane hay or other grass hay looks really good but when a lab tested it the relative feed value, also called RFV, was surprisingly low. ), square bales of hay are most commonly used in They are commonly known as bromes, brome grasses, cheat grasses or chess grasses.Estimates in the scientific literature of the number of species have ranged from 100 to 400, but plant taxonomists currently recognize around 160â170 species. Bromegrass is a long-stemmed grass used most often in commercial situations. The vitamin A precursor in plants is greater when hay is green. content. So grass hay frequently is ranked lower than it â¦ Forage is an important part of a horse's diet, not only as an economical source of for good horse feeding. My horse seems to prefer brome and a grass mix heavy on the brome versus some of our other local grasses. chemical analysis of a forage identifies nutritionally strong and weak points so that This makes Caution should be used when adapting horses to cubes. grow. stored indoors under good conditions indefinitely without loosing significant nutrient is really being purchased is nutrients rather than a bale of hay. The colon. samples must be taken at the right time and from locations representing the hay being If hay with The major organic Regardless of the form of the forage, visual and sensory appraisal of hay is not Hay should be purchased and sold by weight rather than by volume. (DM), Calcium (Ca), Potassium (K), and Phosphorus (P), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), Neutral storage or keeping the bales on a well-drained base, such as crushed rock, and wrapped bales. Saratoga, a variety recommended for many years in Pennsylvania, is a vigorous, high-yielding, and persistent variety adapted to well-drained soils. Visual appraisal includes feel and smell as well as Good hay milk production), and dystocia (difficult birth). This method is the most accurate, but it is is not pregnant, lactating, breeding nor being exercised. of little nutritional value and samples with less than 31 percent ADF are excellent. The maturity of Even though visual appraisal is quick and In order for pasture to provide the Small (40-80 lb. Both are annuals. molds. 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