SDSU Extension recently releases a new training video to help producers correctly sample hay to get a clear picture of its nutritional value. The video, “Forage Sampling Method,” is useful for livestock producers who feed hay for those who market the forage.
“Many producers would say quality hay is green in color, free of mold and weeds, has a high portion of leaves and it was put up without rain on it. Although these are all good indicators of high quality hay, they don’t tell producers anything about the nutritional content of the forage,” said Julie Walker, SDSU Extension Beef Specialist. “Sampling hay is essential to understanding its true quality.”