How to do hay analysis?

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Feira426, Jan 18, 2020.

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  1. Feira426

    Feira426 Active Member

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    Dec 11, 2019
    Texas
    I'm sure there must be something about this in another thread, but searching "hay analysis" didn't bring up anything that looked promising.

    How does one go about getting their hay tested? Do the minerals in hay vary enough that hay should be tested regularly, even if it comes from the same area?

    Trying to figure out all the crazy mineral balance stuff! Thanks to anyone who can help me.
     
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    You have to get a core sample. There is a tool to use for that.
     
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  3. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    The cost isn't worth it. Just supplement your goats with the minerals. You'll never get a precise answer. Even bagged feeds and minerals willl have some variation, and even if you could know exactly how much they are consuming, what good would it do you? There would be so many answers about how much they should be getting. It's better to be very knowledgeable and aware of symptoms and know that most herd across the USA require supplementation.
     
  4. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    DairyOne offers hay analysis out of NY
     
  5. Feira426

    Feira426 Active Member

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    Dec 11, 2019
    Texas
    That makes sense. I’m sure each individual goat has slightly different needs too.
     
  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California