One might be inclined to think use the terms “hay” or “straw” interchangeably, but they are actually quite different. In fact, many of the things that people think of as being hay, like the material you sit in during a hayride, are actually straw.

For goats to remain healthy, it is important to provide them with quality food that they enjoy. It also is important to understand how goats digest food. As ruminants, goats have a four-compartment stomach designed for digesting browse or hay. Unlike many other grazing species, goats can readily digest cellulose, the fibrous part of plant material. They also prefer browse – such as brush, twigs and weeds – to tender grass.

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Natural hay is becoming more popular than ever. And while calling hay natural as opposed to organic – and vice versa – may seem trivial, the USDA doesn’t see it that way.

Hay producers want – and need – to get the most out of their hay fields. That is why spring is such an important time of year when it comes to the management of hay fields and pastures.

The Coronavirus crisis is impacting every aspect of the U.S. economy. This includes agriculture. While it is true that businesses such as restaurants are taking a sudden and substantial hit, the hit to agriculture will likely be in the form of a prolonged downturn.