Help..what is BROME hay???

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  1. spyro1

    spyro1 Senior Member+

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    We are getting some in tomorrow at work...owner ordered it, I have no nutritional knowledge on it, neither does he. It is a grass hay correct??
     






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    Brome is very good. It is broader than coastal, so don't flake out.

    Nutritional wise, it is usually better than Prairie and somethings better than coastal and somethings not.
     
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    I have a test sample around here somewhere from my last batch from kansas..hold on...
     
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    ok, can't find that paper at this sec, but the book has a few avgs...

    Brome
    CP 10%
    CA 0.3
    P 0.35
    DE 2.49 Mcal/kg


    Coastal avgs

    Cp 6
    Ca 0.43
    P 0.20
    De 2.16 Mcal/kg



    and one note I have (as I still can't find that sample) is that brome tested higher in mineral content. (maybe because of the broader leaves)

    I'll keep looking. I know I still have it.
     
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    Bromes good and horses love it actually mine would rather eat the brome over the TX costal hay :wink:
     
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    YOu rock Michelle. :D What should a good brome color and consitancy feel like?
    I have run across some coastal bermuda here, but it is a first cutting, and I think they cut too soon (correct me someone if I am wrong) and it is very green, fine and short stems. Not something I am comfortable feeding right now.
     
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    Thanks BB, I cant wait to see this stuff tomorrow when it comes in. I am paying out the nose for good T&A and Orchard/Alf.
    I'm just a little hesitant to start them on the brome, then throw them back on coastal in a month or so.....Darn this drought.
     
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    You shouldnt' get in "GREEN" brome. I've honestly never seen it green.

    Here is a really good pic.

    http://www.petwerks.com/Cat_images/OH220.jpg


    Bluestem...that is what I'm thinking it is "close" in texture too. It isn't as soft as coastal, a bit rougher, but blister pork-chopped on it like nothing!

    i'd love to get some more down this way if I can.
     
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    because they are both "grasses", as long as your horses aren't super super sensitive and picky, they should switch back without too much of an issue. It is moving from alfalfa to grass and back that can be a pain. (mostly moving from grass to alfalfa or other legumes)
     
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    That picture looks alot like the orchard grass that is mixed with alfalfa that I am getting. Our 30 year old loves it. I finally found hay that he will eat...at $17.00 a bale:eek2:
    I know, I know, grass to grass is ok. I just get loopy with trying to get decent hay at a decent price right now. I swear, I am broker than broke right now.
     






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