UNL Pasture and Forage Minute Archive

Deciphering a Hay Test: Moisture by Ben Beckman

Getting hay tested for nutrient quality is critical to make sure you get the most out of the feedstuffs you possess. One having your hay tested, the next step is deciphering the report you have received. The results for most feed and hay reports are given in two different groups or columns. one is labeled “as fed” or “as received” and the other is labeled as “dry basis.”

“As received” represents the analysis of the sample as it was provided. This label goes to show the rations and how much hay animals need to be provided. The “dry basis” label is the sample given after all moisture has been removed and does not accurately depict the sample ss it sits. When it comes to finding out what correct ratios are in each ration, we need to compare everything on an even playing field. Although, “as received” and “dry basis” labels may seem intimidating, but in order to get the most out of your feed you must understand and use both.

Alfalfa as a Supplemental Protein by Brad Schick

Making sure you choose the right protein may help bring the cost of feed down and more accurately meet the needs of your cattle. Although in some rations, alfalfa maybe that choice. Cattle always need extra protein in their diet no matter what climate they are in. Protein sources do vary in cost and effectiveness. Protein is important because it is used by the rumen microbes to help break down low-quality forage and then used by animals themselves as microbial protein as they pass through the digestive tract. It’s essentially used twice. Click here to read on: mediahub.unl.edu

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