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Fodder King Lucerne Hay Grades

Supplier: Fodder King

The grading of hay is based on nutrition test results

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Fodder King Lucerne Hay Grades

Grade Choice

  • Protein %  >19 - 26
  • Energy MJ of Me/kg *  > 9.5 - 11.5
  • Digestibility  DDM %  >65 - 78

Typical range of appearance**

  • Dry, with no weather damage
  • free from mould and other fungi
  • free from damage caused by heating in storage
  • inside colour mainly green, less than 5% bleaching
  • high leaf to stem ratio
  • minimum leaf loss
  • fine stemmed
  • free of grass, and free of weed and foreign matter

Grade Prime

  • Protein % >16 - 19
  • Energy MJ of Me/kg *   > 8.5 - 9.5
  • Digestibility  DDM % >60 - 65

Typical range of appearance **

  • Dry,minimal weather damage
  • free from mould and other fungi
  • free from damage caused by heating in storage
  • inside colour mainly green, less than 15% bleaching, minimal leaf loss
  • coarser stem acceptable
  • less than 5% grass
  • and minimal weeds and foreign matter

Grade Medium

  • Protein % >12 - 16
  • Energy MJ of Me/kg * > 7.5 - 8.5
  • Digestibility  DDM % >54 - 60

Typical range of appearance**

  • Dry, some weather damage
  • free from mould and other fungi
  • minimal damage caused by heating in storage
  • inside colour green to light brown, less than 30% bleached striping (weather damage),some leaf loss
  • thick stem acceptable
  • less than 10% grass and few seed heads
  • and minimal weeds and foreign matter

Grade Budget

  • Protein %  >9 - 12
  • Energy MJ of Me/kg *  > 7.0 - 7.5
  • Digestibility  DDM % >50 - 54

Typical range of appearance**

  • Dry, some weather damage
  • free from mould and other fungi
  • minimal damage caused by heating in storage
  • inside colour mottled green and light brown, less than 50% bleached striping (weather damage), moderate leaf loss allowable
  • thick stem acceptable
  • less than 20% grass and some seed heads
  • and some weeds and foreign matter allowable

Grade Stock

  • Protein %  under 9
  • Energy MJ of Me/kg*   under 7
  • Digestibility  DDM % under 50

Typical range of appearance**

  • Some weather damage present; possible mould or other fungi;
  • possible damage caused by heating in storage
  • inside colour mottled green and brown, little leaf remaining;
  • stemmy
  • grassy with generally many-awned seed heads
  • and some weeds and foreign matter allowable

* Mega joules of metabolisable energy per kilogram

** The grading of hay is based on nutrition test results. Appearance is not a reliable guide to the nutritional value of hay. Appearance can vary within a batch and from batch to batch and may vary from the typical range outlined. Each batch of Fodder King Hay is core sampled and nutritionally tested in accordance with Australian Fodder Industry Association guidelines.

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