Re: Hay sampling and Maximum acceptable starch levels


My understanding from the group's general experience that you want to keep starch at 4% or less.  Some horses can tolerate 6 % some cannot handle 4% . Try to find hay that is native grass, bluegrass,timothy, orchard grass, with as little rye or clover as possible. Until you have an analysis, none of that is guaranteed, especially if there has been a drought or temps below 40 F at night, but you won't spend money on an analysis to find high SS on hay that is most likely to be over the limit if you cancel out high rye or clover hay. ( Rye is often touted for cattle and guys that plant hay specifically for the cattle market will seed a significant percentage of rye in their hayfields).
Dawn Wagstaff and Tipperary   

Saline, MI  2003

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