Hay Feeders! Understanding the different types of hay.
For the last 3 years around April and May, I have had a horse go down from a variety of ailments.., which.., according to my vet, were all systemic from the rich and abundant food that I had been providing in the form of pasture and of course hay.
Before I moved to my latest home, my neighbors had been cultivating this property to be some of the richest and most delicious hay in the valley.
Each spring, as the new grass shoots up, its delicious ingredients are what make my hay feeders over weight, with fever, infection and mild colic. The hay, as it is dried, is not quite as potent, but still, when the vet puts the entire household on a diet, it is time to be honest and turn, head on, to face the facts.
The reality is .., a sick horse can't be ridden. There are the vet bills. There is pain for the animal. Care becomes a 24/7 job. And because one is aware of what causes it, to continue down the same path is intentional and clearly a form of animal abuse.
Yes folks, over feeding is not love but a form of abuse. And as I look at this family and our rather robust eating rituals, I find this a difficult conclusion to admit to.
There are many living souls in this family, but the head food hunter is me.
It is out of shaved nerves, or time constraints, or the search for comfort that I feed food. And it would have be unconsciable to allow it to continue.
In this family, the animals are overweight and the people could certainly stand to use a pound or two. But it is not just about over eating and fat, it is also about the need of overall long term health .
But to create health for this family I have to understand health. I have to be honest about my poor habits and provide the focused energy it takes to align life with purpose and be honest to my inner self.
But none the less, this site is not about guilt it is about getting past that type of limiting emotion and looking at the facts.
And this page is about the facts of pet feed , and in this instance its about hay.
So.., Does the Hay make the difference?
Over the years I have bought an abundance of hay for a
variety of hay feeders
. Some good hay, some bad hay, some expensive hay, some cheap hay, some hay that is heavy, some that is light. But what I have had less success in finding is a place which supplies some unbiased hay feeders facts.
Forage is the plant material that is eaten by hay feeding humans and animals. In the early days, as a hunter and gatherer society, one of our primary methods of food was the foraging of plants from the wild.
Agriculture was born from the domestication of food sources and development of agricultural practices. Ultimately the pressures of agriculture saw the decline of the hunter gatherer way of being.
Grazing is the act of feeding on plants. The word grazing comes from an old English term relating to "grass". Grazing can be associated to live stock on a farm. Grazers eat forage.
Money out of your wallet can be related to the quality and nutritional value of your hay.
Hay Feeders can use grazing of forage as their primary source of feed and nutrition. And even if your pets or livestock doesn't it is important that the best forage possible is provided for your animals health both for your hay feeders and your pocket book.
When it comes to economical feeding programs, quality is a consideration regardless if you are producing or buying or selling hay.
Of course what we feed the animal is also dependent on the type of animal we need to feed. It is quite true that different applications call for different nutritional needs. Generally speaking, however, the higher the nutritional content means the more nutrients are going to be supplied and less will have to be supplemented.., which of course can diminish the total feed bill costs.
But what is the best hay? And when we are standing on the farm, pondering the quality of the hay, how can we tell the "good / bad" difference at a glance?
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