By: Rebecca Konopka
Carter County Extension Agent
It is time for hay testing! Producers are invited to contact the Extension Office at 474-6686 to schedule a time to have hay samples collected. The deadline for sampling is October 7th.
Knowing the nutritional quality of hay is an integral part of a profitable and efficient livestock operation. Testing will provide the nutritional value and can result in reduced feed costs, increased animal performance, and information to help improve stands. In addition to the quality reports, producers also have the option to receive basic rations for beef, goats, or horses that will help optimize their hay feeding program. Producers can also use the results and the UK Beef Forage Supplement tool (http://forage-supplement-tool.ca.uky.edu/) to develop a basic ration.
Samples can be entered into the Eastern Kentucky Hay Contest. There is no charge for the hay testing if samples are taken during the hay contest window.
For more information, contact the Carter County office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service.