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Farmers Should Test Hay
Updated October 13, 2015 9:05 AM | Filed under: Agriculture
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(UNDATED) - A Purdue University veterinarian says livestock farmers should test their hay before relying on it as the sole ration for their cattle this year.

Professor W. Mark Hilton says that's because a very wet spring delayed some harvests.

Hilton says mature hay has less energy than hay cut at earlier maturity and is not likely to adequately support a cow's nutritional needs during winter.

He says the only way to know if the hay will meet nutritional needs is to test it. Purdue extension agents can assist with having that done.

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