Rye hay pros and cons

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Rye hay pros and cons

Postby Coosh71 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:05 pm

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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Re: Rye hay pros and cons

Postby bird dog » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:17 pm

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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Re: Rye hay pros and cons

Postby Texasmark » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:43 am

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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Re: Rye hay pros and cons

Postby Chief Dirtyface » Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:26 am

I just put some rye silage bales out today. Good stuff.
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Re: Rye hay pros and cons

Postby Coosh71 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:38 am

Thanks for the input. It's appreciated.
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Re: Rye hay pros and cons

Postby angus9259 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:36 pm

As long as it's not toxic. Not sure the frequency of occurrence

https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/livestock-b ... -livestock
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Re: Rye hay pros and cons

Postby bigbull338 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:12 pm

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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Re: Rye hay pros and cons

Postby Coosh71 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:07 pm

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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Re: Rye hay pros and cons

Postby Willicd » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:22 am

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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