Now that you know the basics of lab tests, I wanted to talk to you about one of the three main metrics for knowing the quality of your hay - relative feed value (RFV). This is the basic metric everyone wants to know when they ask about hay. It's like when people ask about the performance of your favorite football team, you can talk about the offense or defense, but everyone wants to know how many wins to losses you have. (RFV) is an index which combines estimates of digestibi
As many of you, I often look at food labels while grocery shopping. I look at the calories, protein, fats, carbohydrates and ingredients and from there I make assumptions on how healthy that item is for me. Sure, I can look at a loaf of bread and can guess how healthy it is by on the brand or type of grain, but the label is able to detect the things you can’t see. The qualitative attributes of the bread and quantitative nutrition facts put together are what help you make the
During the summer and fall, I typically the most requests for certified weed-free hay. This mainly comes from hunters or horse enthusiasts who take their horses up into the mountains regularly. Many of my customers who buy non-certified hay ask me why people buy it when my regular hay looks just as good. Before I answer that question, I want to jump into what certified hay is.
Certified weed-free hay means that an inspector from the Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food has co