Hay: What's Its Purpose

Hay is a commonly used product used to feed livestock of all sorts. When feeding your livestock hay, it is important to think about the quality of it before feeding it. A high-quality hay is going to have more nutrients that an animal needs versus a low-quality hay. You also must check the moisture of your hay before feeding it to your livestock. Is it too wet? Is it too dry? Is it moldy or dusty? These are all important questions to ask yourself before feeding this product.

Around this time of year is the best time to get high quality hay. The weather is warm, humid, dry, and rainy from time to time, which all affects the quality. Mowing your hay within the right time frame is crucial to the outcome of your hay. The warm and dry conditions help to dry out the hay and prevent the chances of mold or high moisture which can become a problem later. Ensuring that the moisture is just right influences the quality of the hay along with the nutrients in the hay. The nutrients are the most important aspect of hay for livestock. These nutrients include fiber, vitamins, and minerals which help the livestock maintain their health and well-being.

While your hay is important, your hay equipment is too. Stop by or contact your local Martin Tractor dealer today to get the right equipment to help you cut and bale high-quality hay today!