Are You Feeding Straw or Hay for Goats?

What is Hay Made Of? The Importance of Analysis.

Are You Feeding Straw or Hay for Goats?
If you dread choosing hay for goats, you are not alone … there is much to know about what to feed goats. The primary source of goat nutrition is hay or forage. The secondary is a loose mineral. Depending on the quality of these, a goat may need nothing more. When feeding hay as a primary feed, nutritional analysis is critical to the health of your herd. Many people have unknowingly starved their animals by offering what appeared to be hay for goats but had the nutritional value of straw. Protein/energy malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies from poor quality feed lead to a host of disease states. Chemical analysis is the only way to determine straw vs. hay. What is Hay Made Of? There are three types of hay: legume, grass, and cereal. Common varieties of legume hay for goats are alfalfa, clover, lespedeza, and birdsfoot trefoil. Legume hay typically has

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