High-quality hay is essential for many classes of livestock. Hay that has been allowed to age loses protein and energy that livestock need. Poor-quality hay might lead to the need for supplemental feeds, which can be expensive for producers.
Ron Lemenager, Purdue Extension beef specialist, suggested that farmers test hay samples for nutritional value.
“I think it’s logical to test the forages, see what you’ve got, and then develop a supplementation strategy and get those supplements forward contracted to be cost effective,” he said.
For more information on forages and forage testing, visit www.foragetesting.org.