Re: Compensated IR - Treatments? Vaccinations?

Lorna Cane

Hi Kinsey,

Just a thought about hay testing....sometimes there are farmers, or other horse people in your area ,who do test, or have tested their hay. Dairy farmers often test their hay,for example. And boarding stables are becoming more interested in doing so.
So if you were able to ask around, ask for copies of their tests (assuming they are in your vicinity),and see how they could take an average.( or maybe even find this out from your local Ag Department)
It's not the best way.But it's better than having no idea.
I had to do this a few years ago, because of lack of funds. I was able to get copies of 17 hay test results, which had been done within 20 miles of my farm. It was interesting how little difference there was ,really. But I averaged the results, and used that to make up my supplements.
As I said, it is  not recommended  to do that, if we want the most accurate results.
But it's a step up from guessing  what's in the hay, in order not to be throwing the kitchen sink into our supplement bin. Sigh.


Lorna  in Eastern  Ontario
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