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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Orchard grass hay

The quality of the grass hay I am feeding could be better. So I am thinking of changing to an eastern Oregon "Orchard Grass Hay" It is really good looking hay and a number of people at my stable are using it.
The question is what are the draw backs in using Orchard Grass Hay? For instance I understand that in about a year it grows bitter and the horses won't eat it. Thanks for you response.

Where are you from? Salem, OR

How did you locate this forum? looking for nutrition

Re: Orchard grass hay

Hi Elba,

The protein content of orchard grass hay is somewhat lower than most grass hays (9% vs approximately 11-13 % for other grasses). I can’t speak to the taste changing after a year of storage. However, the longer hay is stored, the more nutrients it loses. So, storing hay for a year is too long a period of time, in my opinion.

If the hay you have access to is fresh and looks better, it is likely more nutritious than what you’ve been feeding. The only true way to tell would be to have your hays analyzed.

Thanks for writing.

All the best,

Dr. Getty