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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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weight VS measure

I have read a fair bit about proper feeding and I have noticed that everything is described in weight rather than in measure (lbs instead of quarts). Although I realize that weight is more accurate the last two barns I have been at do not use weight. Could you give me a ROUGH idea of how many lbs a quart of average sweet feed is and how may pounds a "flake" of hay is.

Where are you from? Central Virginia

How did you locate this forum? on Equisearch

Re: weight VS measure

Hi Andrea,

Yes, pounds are a much better way to measure, since volume is not at all accurate. Think about a quart of cotton balls compared to a quart of pebbles – they are both a quart, but the pebbles weigh a lot more!

But, to give you an idea – a quart scoop of sweet feed weighs approximately 2.5 to 2.75 pounds. A quart of oats weighs approximately 2.0 – 2.25 pounds.

Hay varies according to its moisture content and how condensed it is. In general, however, a flake of grass hay weighs approximately 3 pounds. A flake of alfalfa hay weighs approximately 5 pounds.

Thanks for writing!

All the best,

Dr. Getty