Equine Feed and Welfare Resources
January 15, 2013
The following resources are aimed at helping horse owners find winter feed due to shortages caused by drought:
- Stretching hay supplies for horses in a drought year - Michigan horse owners can develop strategies to stretch their hay supplies through the winter and early spring using forage substitutes.
- Horse owners may be able to save money by using large round bales - Selecting the right round bale feeder can reduce costs for horse owners.
- Feeding soyhulls as a fiber source
- Beef cattle farmers – Save a horse by feeding cornstalk bales to cattle - Beef farms with ample hay supplies can profit from feeding cornstalks and selling some hay to horse owners desperately in need.
Hay prices and availability
- Hay prices high as 2012 drought has wreacked havoc on supplies (suggestions on finding hay) - This year the hay market is a seller's market regardless of feed quality.
- Will hay prices fall in 2013? - Fewer acres and an excessive drought drove hay prices up in 2012. Will they come back down in 2013?
Hay and pasture
- Cost of revovating hay or pature fields in northern Michigan - Figure out costs and risks before working up old hay fields or pastures.
Equine welfare and body condition scoring