All of our test results for our first cutting hay are in hand. May the Hay Dog has evaluated and gives them 2 bones up...
With each cutting of hay, we take core samples and send to Equi-Analytical for testing. We use wet chemistry via the 603 Trainer test. Below is the description of what results are to be gleaned from Equi-Analytical's website:
"(603)Trainer - utilizes traditional analytical methods to determine protein, fiber, carbonhydrates and minerals. Includes moisture, dry matter, digestible energy, crude protein, estimated lysine, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrates (ESC), Water Soluble Carbohydrates (WSC), starch, non fiber carbohydrates (NFC), calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, molybdenum."
All in all we submitted five tests. We test our hay for each field and within a field, we will take multiple tests if the hay is cut on a different day - even if it is a few days away.
Our hay is low in sugar (ESC+starch), low in potassium and iron.
A summary range across a few test result items - all based on Dry Matter basis:
Crude Protein: 8.9 - 14.9%
ADF: 39.0 - 42.3%
NDF: 63.4 - 70.1%
ESC (Simple Sugars) : 4.3 - 8.2%
Starch: 0.2 - 0.8%
Note - none of the combinations of ESC + starch on an individual test exceeded 8.4%
Potassium: 1.86 - 2.51 ppm
Iron: 84 - 165 ppm
RFV: 74 - 86
All hay is sorted/stored based on test results such that one can pick/choose their hay with respect to a specific forage test.
If you are interested in what we think is some nice timothy hay - we'd appreciate your business.
If you want copies of our test results, let us know.
For test results and/or questions - email: FirstQualityHay@icloud.com
The Jamison Family
(and May the Hay Dog... )