is a legume superior in protein to other forage crops because it is high in crude protein and energy reducing the need for other protein supplements. In combination Timothy and Alfalfa make a popular performance horse feed giving the perfect amount of balanced fiber and protein so that the digestive tract will function normally. Generally our ratio of Timothy to Alfalfa is 70-30% with protein levels of 10–14%. ALFALFA HAY
Alfalfa hay is one of the best hays fed to horses. Several characteristics of alfalfa make it an excellent hay for horses. Use as treat to add interest to regular diet. This is also the hay young animals (under 1 year) need for healthy growth to adulthood. Guru.
- It is highly palatable. Most horses will readily consume hay. However, because of its high palatability, intake must be restricted to keep horses from overeating and becoming colicky.
- It is high in energy. Alfalfa hay has 120 percent more energy per unit in weight than oat Therefore, it takes less hay to meet a horse’s nutrient needs when feeding alfalfa However, the high-energy content may lead to overfeeding and to a fat horse. ALFALFA HAY
- It is high in protein. hay is high in good-quality protein. Crude protein values can be as high as 18 to 19 percent. People once thought that feeding alfalfa hay to horses caused kidney damage because of increased urination and ammonia production. We now understand, however, that excess protein in alfalfa is converted into energy compounds, and the nitrogen produced in this conversion must be eliminated as ammonia.
- It is a good source of vitamins and minerals. If cured correctly, vitamin C content will be high. The calcium:phosphorus ratio is about 6:1 and must be considered when feeding young, growing horses. Buy Alfalfa
There are generally five to eight cuttings from an alfalfa field each year when irrigated, four to five when not irrigated. The first cutting will have more weeds and grass; the second cutting is usually clean with small stems. The third cutting is good hay, and the fourth and fifth cuttings begin to have more stems and fewer leaves. As more stems are present, the quality of the hay decreases and palatability decline
Great dryland Alfalfa. Baled with no rain on windrows. Stored outside single rows dry northern climate. Bales have net wrapped and minimally handled. Bales weigh around 1600 lbs .