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Hay Calculator for Livestock Producers, Excel Program (V2009.1), Instruction Sheet

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Publication Number: P2590
Updated: September 9, 2016
View as PDF: P2590.pdf
Publication File: Office spreadsheet icon hay_cal.xls

Winter feeding costs make up a large portion of production costs for Mississippi livestock producers. This Excel-based program will help you evaluate hay feeding delivery systems and their economic impacts. It should provide an accurate estimate of the amount of hay needed for winter feeding as well as the necessary supplementation if hay is not meeting the nutrient requirements of a specific livestock class.

Estimating how much hay you need for a specific feeding period is essential for ensuring animal feeding requirements are met. Not providing the necessary levels of crude protein (CP) and total digestible nutrients (TDN) could affect animal performance and may cause an economic loss. The hay calculator is based on different classes of livestock produced in Mississippi and will require a hay test to determine the nutritional value of the hay being fed.

Download the PDF above to learn how to use the hay calculator.

Click to download Hay Calculator for Livestock Producers.
(Must have Excel)

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Forage and Grazing Systems

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