Kinder Goat Breeder
So my dad had this idea for reduction in hay cost and winter forage. Why can't we cut tree branches and dry them like hay? I originally kind of scoffed at the idea because I figured if it was possible, everyone would be doing it, and when I look it up on the internet I found only a few hits on it, but apparently tree hay is a thing, although I can't find much on how it's done or whether it is a viable option. Basically the gest is you either cut small branches or strip the leaves off when they are green, dry them, and store it somehow. Not really sure on the details yet. My concerns would be what kind of nutrition content remains in the leaves when cut? Would it be able to replace hay entirely? What kind of trees would this not be appropriate with? And most importantly, I feel like there has to be a catch, or everyone would be doing this. What do you think?