Hay is the foundation of the equine diet. Since it's impossible to tell the nutrient quality just by appearance, testing hay becomes very important when developing a feeding program. Having your hay tested gives insight into its nutritional value and may uncover deficiencies and mineral imbalances that can be detrimental to your horse's health and performance.
Not only does hay testing enable you to to know the quality of your hay for you horse's well-being, it also allows our nutritionists at BUCKEYE™ Nutrition to create a diet that meets the unique needs of your horse while complementing your forage. Once we know the nutrients available to your horse from the hay, we can formulate a ration that will offset your hay's deficiencies, utilizing our premium horse feeds.
There are several laboratories in North America that will perform a hay or grain analysis for a small fee. Equi-Analytical is just an example of one lab that offers this service in the U.S., as well as local cooperative extension offices. To learn more about to perform a hay analysis, including costs and how to take a sample, visit Equi-Analytical.
If you are interested in having your hay tested by BUCKEYE Nutrition, please contact your local BUCKEYE Nutrition dealer for details.