How to Feed When Hay is in Low Supply or of Poor Quality
By Purina Canada
This past summer had no shortage of sunny, dry days. While the weather may have been ideal for the show season, or for trail riding with your favourite horse, 2018 was not a great summer for growing hay in Ontario and parts of Quebec. With only around half the normal days of rain between May and August for most parts of Ontario, hay yields are low and, in some places, very low.
So what does that mean for the horse owner? The shortage of hay in many areas is already causing an increase in prices. Not only will the price of hay be high, but many producers are not seeing typical nutrition levels in their yields due to the extra dry weather. While the importance of testing hay to understand its nutritional value is always stressed, this year it is especially important.
Why is it important to have your hay analyzed? Horses require a diet that is primarily based on forage, and therefore it is essential to understand the nutritional value of your hay in order to make sound decisions regarding the supplementation of calories, proteins, and vitamins and minerals.
Purina offers a full range of high-fibre products and feeds that can help extend your forage resources. Connect with us today.
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