Digestible Energy of soaked hay

Lesley Bludworth

When feeding soaked hay, do i increase the amount/lbs of hay fed to compensate for the loss of calories that is rinsed away?
It looks like the digestible energy is reduced by about 22% in the soaked hay. 
Lesley Bludworth 
Phoenix, AZ   7/2022
Sophie TWH mare

Nancy C

HI Lesley.

From Dr Kellon's message in the archives https://ecir.groups.io/g/main/message/163019

Soaking lowers the DE (digestible energy) of the hay and you need to use DE values for sampled soaked hay to determine how much to feed. Inadequate protein will limit muscle mass even if calories are adequate.

Nancy C in NH
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