Re: Drought-stressed hay -- too rich?
To add some personal experience....
In the Northeast 2012 was a similar spring to this one. No rain in April. Majority of growth in May. For 10 or so years prior my hay had always been well below 10%. In 2012 i hay cut at 4 AM, the ESC came back at 9%+.
Spent the following winter soaking. Pre and post labs showed ESC lowered by nearly 50%. In the research that has been done here and in other places, the amount can vary and the average amount of reduction is 30%.
If the hay comes back high again this year, will be looking seriously at all ODTB Cubes versus a year of soaking in sub zero weather.
Still hoping the hay deities will smile on us....
Nancy C in NH
ECIR Moderator 2003
FACT: With knowledge of the nutrient profile of the forage and the animal's weight and level of work, one can supplement only what is needed to target nutritional needs. See Smithey and Gustafson, Nutrition Complexities and Mineral Profiles of Hay 2013 NO Laminitis! Proceedings, Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group Inc.
---In EquineCushings@..., <drkellon@...> wrote :
Just soak it and be vigilant. If you suspect a problem, just go to 100% cubes until you can get safe hay.
Eleanor in PA