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Rye hay pros and cons

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Coosh71

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Hi there. I've never used Rye Hay, and was wondering if I could get some feedback on this hay. Seller said there was some head and seed on plant when cut and baled. I would be feeding it to cows, bulls and some retained heifers. Thanks for any input you can give.
 

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I will assume you are talking about rye grass but either way, roll it out, the cows and your pastures will appreciate it. I use a lot of it.
 

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I bale some and will plant again this fall. My customer says "the cows love it". That's good enough for me. From a supplier standpoint the problem I have with it is harvesting in the spring when it's hard to get some dry weather for it to cure properly.
 

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i have no problem feeding rye grass hay.but you need to feed that hay 1st as alot say it doesnt keep wellas said it will sure help your pastures.if i could id put rye clover an vetch in all my hay meadows.that assures you a good cutting if it dont drought during the spring.then bale it end of april mid may.
 
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Yeah I've been told the same, to feed it first/early. And it's being tested for nitrates levels now.
 

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are you talking about rye grass or cereal rye? by the sound of your supplier, im more inclined to think cereal rye. its great hay, comparable to wheat AS LONG AS its cut at the proper time which is long before seed is formed. it will still have some feed value but loses its protein and TDN quickly after heading.
 

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