Hiw much starch in grass hay us too much?

Kettle Gal


I am having a difficult time finding suitable grass hay this year.  With that said, I did recently find a load that is below 10% esc + starch.  My only concern is the amount of starch.  The starch is slightly over two percent.  In the past, all of my hay has tested much lower in starches - more like .29.

I understand the recommendation about no starches over 4% in hard carrier feeds.  Does the same recommendation apply to hay? 

Thank you. 
Julie K. Wisconsin

Sherry Morse

Hi Julie,

Yes, the recommendation is the same for hay.  Starch does not soak out so you want it to be as low as possible.