It’s been a good year for hay production in North Dakota. Timely moisture has been seen, but the weather hasn’t been conducive for drying hay and there’s a lot of discolored hay. NDSU Extension Forage Crops Production Specialist James Rogers says testing the quality of the hay will be especially important this year. “When the moisture content is pushed, we can have heat damaged protein content. If we have heat damaged protein, there will be a little line on the forage test that says insoluble crude protein or ICP.” Rogers says the animal can’t use utilize this feed.”While you think you may have a high quality hay, if it has heat damaged protein, the available protein to the animal may not be what you think it is.”
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