By Barbara Duckworth, The Western Producer, July 18, 2017  

VERMILION, Alta. — Figuring out the best time to cut hay is an individual decision, but weather and desired feed quality are important considerations to get the best possible product.

“It depends on the performance you need to get out of the cows you are feeding,” said Leila Hickman, an animal science instructor at Lakeland College in Vermilion.

Beef, dairy and horses have different requirements, said Jessica Hryciuk of the college during a recent women’s grazing school.

Horses are limited by quantity because they eat constantly. They need high volumes of hay to sustain their body condition.

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