If the pasture or hay is of high enough quality to meet the cow’s requirements, then a supplement is not needed. To decide whether a supplement is needed, a forage sample should be analyzed. Then we need to know how to interpret forage quality measures.
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The quality of alfalfa hay used as feed, can be determined from the ADF, NDF, Relative Feed Value, TDN and crude protein levels.READ MORE
Forage diets high in nitrates could cause nitrate toxicity when the conversion of nitrite to ammonia becomes the limiting factor.READ MORE
Silage and hay are the most common forms of storage for forages. Silages are usually preferred by livestock to hay.READ MORE