Seresa Hay??? Anyone have any info on it?

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  1. babyruth

    babyruth Senior Member+

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    I just got done unloading about 250 of the prettiest bales of hay I have seen in years. When dad pulled up I thought he had gotten a load of alfalfa because it is so pretty and green and leafy, but it is actually called seresa (I think I spelled that right?).

    Hay is hard to find around here right now and the last load we got looked more like straw bedding than grass hay and we paid $5 a bale for it and then the horses wouldn't hardly eat it. This seresa stuff came from a wonderful hay man that doesn't believe in raising his hay prices for regular customers than have been faithful through the years so we got it for $3 a bale and the horses devoured it as soon as we gave them some.

    I did a search on it to see what information I could get on this particular type, but couldn't really find anything, so maybe I am spelling it wrong or something....

    You guys know anything about it?
     






  2. tlwidener

    tlwidener Senior Member+

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    Never heard of that kind of grass, but I do know that Bahiagrass is popular in Alabama.
     
  3. redhorseridge

    redhorseridge Senior Member+

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    Probably sericea lespedeza. Horses don't much care for it green (as it has a high tannin content), but that gets decreased when it's made into hay.
     
  4. babyruth

    babyruth Senior Member+

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    Thanks so much! It is amazing how much better search results you can get with a correct spelling...lmao!

    And I am finding some interesting stuff on it! Some consider it a noxious weed and tailor the management of their land to completely get rid of it. But there are a couple of studies that show that because of the high tannin content, the fecal counts of livestock either grazing it fresh or eating it as hay can decrease as much as 80%. I'm definitely going to have to look more into that possible benefit! I mean here we have a pretty hay, that the horses all seem to love, that is cheaper than any other hay we have found in the past few years that also may possibly have natural worming properties......this all sounds a little too good to be true. LOL:p
     
  5. bludejavu

    bludejavu Senior Member

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    We grew several fields of Sericea Lespedeza on our family farm here in Georgia when I was a kid. It fed our cows and horses quite well. However, it is rare to see anyone growing it here in the southeast now. According to some professional hay growers I've talked to, it has germinated into a more noxious state than when it was originally planted here in the south and isn't anything like what it once was. If you haven't unloaded all of it, you might want to test your horses with a bale or two to make sure they will eat it. I had a bad experience a few years back with some Alicia Bermuda - it was gorgeous and all 15 horses that I was feeding it to would not touch the stuff. I tried force feeding for a week and they trashed 90% of it. After that I learned to test it out before unloading something new.

    oops - just reread and saw you did unload it - hope your horses continue to like it.
     

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