Hay buyers discriminate against brown or discolored hay even though it may have high feeding value. Sometimes hay harvested at early maturity has been discolored by rain or lying too long in the sun before baling. This hay may have higher nutritive value than late-cut stemmy hay that has a bright green color. The only way to determine the feeding value of hay is to conduct a forage analysis. Forage-Livestock Quotes and Concepts, vol. 2 is available online.
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