Recently, producers at the Nebraska Grazing Conference indicated that there is still a lot of apprehension around the use of NIRS in forage evaluation. The most common concern was that NIRS is “fine” for alfalfa but not accurate enough for grass forages.
Growing and producing horse-quality hay can be both a rewarding and frustrating experience. On one hand, horse owners are often willing to pay a premium for what they consider “horse-quality” hay, but on the contrary, they can be much more selective as compared to other clientele.
While soil testing may be settled on a state-by-state basis, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done for one of these non-lab soil labs to be relevant coast to coast without needing to be reconfigured every time it crosses a state line.
As spring progresses to summer, the percentage of haylage and small grains in TMR often increases to stretch corn-silage inventories or to dilute corn silage if the quality isn’t as good as we had hoped.
The 2022 corn silage harvest has been completed, and this year’s crop is now either in storage or being fed. The quality of this crop is still being determined, with preliminary results showing similarities to the 2021 silage crop.
Hay is the bulk of horse diets. Therefore, it is critical to utilize and understand an analysis. Interpreting your report will help determine which supplemental feeds to incorporate into your horse’s diet.