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AlpacaLover27

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Posted - 11/21/2013 :  10:53:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Where do I take hay to be tested? Thanks

joeykatp

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Posted - 11/21/2013 :  10:58:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit joeykatp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi,
I use Dairy One. You can find it on the internet. It's in New York State. I need to send it there, so I don't see why you can't send it there, too, even if you are out of state.


Kathy Paternoster
Our Father's Farm
New Hampton, NY
(845)374-7712
http://ourfathersfarm.net
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AlpacaLover27

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Posted - 11/21/2013 :  11:01:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great! Thanks so much! About how much does it cost?

Edited by - AlpacaLover27 on 11/21/2013 11:05:11 AM
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joeykatp

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Posted - 11/21/2013 :  1:12:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit joeykatp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's been a while. You'd have to contact them directly. It's worth it though.

Kathy Paternoster
Our Father's Farm
New Hampton, NY
(845)374-7712
http://ourfathersfarm.net
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AlpacaLover27

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Posted - 11/21/2013 :  3:41:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok, Thanks.
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Mary Jane

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Posted - 01/23/2014 :  2:54:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mary Jane's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Holmes Labs. Gary has been doing hay/water/soil testing for alpaca breeders for many years. Fast turn around time, too.
http://www.holmeslab.com/

Mary Jane

Land of Legends Alpacas
2653 Swans Road
Newark, OH 43055
(740)345-2199
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Teach1rusl

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Posted - 03/16/2014 :  11:16:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I realize this post is a few months old, but I have a related question. If/when having hay tested, are there any important things to look for besides protein percentages? Dry matter perhaps? I pulled up the Holmes Lab site that was mentioned, and there are MANY test types to choose from...

Edited by - Teach1rusl on 03/16/2014 11:18:36 AM
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renfarms

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Posted - 03/18/2014 :  09:11:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit renfarms's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Teach1rusl,
You should take a look at the TDN (total digestible nutrients) and RFV (relative feed value). Along with those 2 things you should also look at the levels of calcium and phosphorus, not only for what each is, but also for what the relative ratio of calcium to phosphorus is. The ratio should be somewhere close to 1.5-2.0 (calcium) to 1 (phosophorus). Anything that is seriously off from acceptable levels in these 3 should cause you to consider moving on to look for hay elsewhere.

After overall protein and the levels I alluded to above, I next focus on the levels of the various minerals, as levels that are too extremely high or low can also be disqualifiers, or at a minimum, will need to be offset by supplementation in other ways.

Hope that this helps.

Bill

Bill and Louise Goebel
Renaissance Farms
McArthur, Ohio 45651
(740) 596-1468
renfarms@starband.net
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