Feeding grass straws to cattle and horses
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Published by Extension Service, Oregon State University in Corvallis, Or .
Written in English


  • Straw as feed.,
  • Crop residues as feed.,
  • Cattle -- Feeding and feeds.,
  • Horses -- Feeding and feeds.

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Edition Notes

Statementrevised by Mike Gamroth and Gene Pirelli.
SeriesFS / Oregon State University Extension Service -- 234., Fact sheet (Oregon State University. Extension Service) -- 234.
ContributionsPirelli, G. J., Oregon State University. Extension Service.
The Physical Object
Pagination1 sheet printed on both sides :
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL16089763M

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  Started our cows and calves of on good straw with pot ale poured over it as the grass began to get scarce they still get straw bales in the feed ring but also get some hay morning and night with there nuts at the feed barrier but not enough to fill them up so they pick away at the straw through the day. Straw is an ideal feed for fat and / or greedy ponies and horses. It has low nutritional value and so they can eat lots without putting on too much weight or risking laminitis. I wish I had straw to feed my paddock of greedy ponies. The most suitable cattle for feeding straw in winter are dry suckler cows, store cattle and weanlings. Straw is normally 88% dry matter and a standard 4x4 . Quality grass-alfalfa round bales. Bromegrass is dominant and alfalfa content is low (up to 15% at most). NO RAIN on swaths. Kept in the hay shed over winter. Crude protein = /% (as sampled/dry matter). Full feed test results available upon request. Good horse hay.

A lot of the western folks liked it as they tend to feed it plus alfalfa. We have also gotten some super nice bluegrass hay in the past that was grown and harvested as hay and not a byproduct of seed production. Fine stemmed, green, clean, and very palatable according to our horses. Straw should not be fed without supplementation because rarely does straw provide enough energy and protein to meet an animal's requirements. However, straw is a good alternative in rations for cows and sheep if properly supplemented with higher quality feedstuffs. Differences in feeding value do exist among the straws.   Straw became an important source of cattle feed this winter in areas of. Saskatchewan and Alberta hit by drought. It can be an acceptable part of the feed . Feeding cattle on hay, silage, or grain may at first glance seem like a tidy feed solution for the winter months. But these cattle feed rations come at a great cost. Fertilizer, harvesting equipment, manure management, feed storage and transport equipment, and .