DEALING WITH HAY SHORTAGES. STRETCHING HAY SUPPLIES. Hay Supplementation Considerations. Horse = NON RUMINANT HERBIVORE 1. Gastrointestinal function 2. Behavior. Hay supplementation considerations. How much hay is needed?
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STRETCHING HAY SUPPLIES
1. Gastrointestinal function
1. Minimum of 0.75 to 1% in dry matter or hay as fed? Not less than 50% of total diet?
2. Minimum of 24% NDF (13% Crude fiber) or 14% ADF?
3. Does form of hay make a difference?
chopped, cubed, pelleted
NDF = (Crude fiber % - 2.07)/ 0.546
NDF = (Crude fiber % - 3.72)/ 0.4
** Whatever is substituted make sure chew factor is present.