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1st vs 2nd Hay Cutting
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Jimbob    Posted 07-13-2003 at 19:18:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why is 2nd cutting hay worth more than 1st cut hay in MI?

Sid    Posted 07-14-2003 at 05:17:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
All of the above plus the fact less weeds in the later cuttings.

not just MI    Posted 07-14-2003 at 04:59:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's true everywhere.

First cutting of hay is normally stalky because of quick spring growth...lots of bulk, but little nutrient value and not as palatable--tough to chew I guess. Second and later cuttings are normally leafier, less stalk, and much more palatable to animals.

When we feed, I alternate between 1st and later cuttings through the winter so they get a balanced diet.

Tom A

Randy    Posted 07-14-2003 at 03:22:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I heard it was because the second was more foliage and more nutrient filled.

KellyGa    Posted 07-13-2003 at 20:15:33       [Reply]  [No Email]

Seemed interesting, don't know if this is what your looking for, but I don't know hay, lol. I know it can give ya chiggers, lol!

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