Hay is hay is hay! Well, not exactly. If you consider hay as you would any other feed source, then you should consider nutrient values. Your hay producer should be able to produce sample results from what he produces. Without sample results, you really don’t know if you are purchasing hay with 6% protein or hay with 16% protein. Your cattle will eat both, but you will have to feed nearly 3 times as much 6% hay to achieve the same results. Even if the 16% hay costs you twice as much per bale, you wind up spending more money on the lesser quality hay. If the feed store has two sacks of feed for the same price, you buy the one with the better nutrients don't you? Dr. David Bade, at Texas A & M, has done extensive research on the affects of hay quality on the cost of your breeding program.
His findings are well worth talking a look at.
We sample test every bailing of hay for two reasons. First, to show our customers what they are getting for their money. Second, this information gives us valuable insight about the condition of our hay pastures. Jigg Bermuda was chosen because it if a prolific grower in this part of the country. It produces fine-stemmed, easily digestible hay that is palatable to cattle or horses.
Square bales are available on request. Let us know what you need. Reserve your hay now.