Re: High Protein
>Hays that test with unusually high protein - in the mid to upper teens
for crude protein - might be worth testing for nitrates if the hay is
known to be fertilized and nitrate accumulation can be a problem for
I asked Dr. K about the protein in grass hay on her e-mag group but never got an answer, so I am wondering if you knew.
The hay that I was wondering about is grass hay, 12% protein (I have tested alot of hay around my area and have never seen grass hay higher than 6.5%) so I was wondering how this hay could be so high.
Do you think its the nitrates? that would make this hay more higher than the others? thanks candy 2013 MI
---In equinecushings@..., <katmando@...> wrote:
I wouldn't consider it dangerous - definitely too strong a word. First, it depends on what you're feeding. If you're feeding a hay with low protein, you may need to supplement - some use dried split peas for example - great source of protein and has some crunch.
Hays that test with unusually high protein - in the mid to upper teens for crude protein - might be worth testing for nitrates if the hay is known to be fertilized and nitrate accumulation can be a problem for pregnant mares.
Bottom line, you should know the protein content of your forage (6.3% in January 2013?) and then factor in your TC 30. If you're still using that hay, then the TC 30% should be fine.
Kathleen (KFG in KCMO)
Director, ECIR, Inc.
Missouri - Dec 2005
There was recently a post that said high protein is dangerous to IR horses. I've recently had to switch to TC 30%. Can someone tell me why high protein is dangerous?
Debbie, Cooper, Butterscotch and Beau
CT, October 2012