Faster horses wrote:I think heifer calves do best with some long stemmed hay. It's good for them to chew on, which is good for the rumen. Can you give them some long-stemmed hay along with the 3rd cutting? We haven't had access to 3rd cutting hay for YEARS. I know bloat can be a problem if it gets wet.
If I am reading it right, the first you posted, rfv 122.45 has an ADF of 40 and is costing you $65/ton. Then 2nd cutting is $210/ton.
3rd cutting is $171/ton. Wondering why the 3rd cutting cost less? The 2nd cutting looks good enough for calves too. The ADF of 33.18 shows it is very digestible. The ADF of the first hay being 40.54 shows it is not as digestible, but we have fed hay that was ADF of 45. We just made sure they had plenty of it, as our cows were fed hay and mineral only.
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