What is the best hay for sheep?
Answer: Prairie grass hay should be fine for your sheep to eat. A few points to consider:? The sheep will eat the hay better if it is forages they are used to. If they are grazing native prairie pastures in the growing season, then they should readily consume the prairie hay. If they aren’t used to those forages then they might be “picky” about the hay for a while.? Hay quality has a large impact on consumption. Your local Cooperative Extension office can help you with having your hay quality tested. Knowing the quality and nutritional levels of the hay can help you meet the nutritional requirements of your animals.? Growing lambs and lactating ewes will need higher levels of nutrition than dry ewes. To learn more about the nutritional needs of your animals, consult the following ATTRA publications:Sheep: Sustainable and Organic Productionhttps://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=209This publication introduces concerns and practices specifically related to sustainable sheep production. Topics covered include breed selection, controlled grazing, pasture lambing, alternative health management, and innovative marketing of meat and wool products.Ruminant Nutrition for Graziershttps://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=201This publication provides managers with tools and references to consider biological and climatological variables and make decisions that ensure the ecological and economic viability of a grass-based ruminant livestock operation.