Types of Hay

Monday, August 12th, 2019

The type of hay that you feed your animals is one of the most important factors in ensuring a successful farm. Depending on which types of animals you’re feeding and the environmental conditions of your farm, you may need a certain type of hay in order to make sure your animals are as healthy as possible. Read on to learn about a few of the many types of hay and to find out which type of hay is right for your farm!

Alfalfa
Alfalfa is a popular type of hay for most horse breeds and is one of the most common types of hay found on farms with livestock. This type of hay is easy to digest and is high in protein, energy, and fiber. The proteins and minerals in alfalfa hay make it more palatable for the animals consuming it. This type of hay is best for horses, dairy cows, beef cattle, chickens, turkeys, and sheep.

Bermuda
Bermuda hay is easily recognizable from its green/grey coloring. Bermuda hay is recommended for backyard horses and horses in training; it is also recommended to use this type of hay in conjunction with alfalfa. Because of its lower levels of protein and calcium, it is best to use this type of hay with obese horses, ponies, and donkeys. Bermuda is also known as a “keep busy” hay and is good for horses confined to stables.

Timothy
Timothy hay is known as a good source of roughage and fiber for your animals. The mix of low protein and high fiber make it the perfect hay for conditioning livestock. Timothy hay is widely used in the racehorse industry and is considered the ideal feed for award-winning Kentucky Derby horses.

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