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Old 10-08-2009, 06:44 PM   #1
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anyone heard of this hay? if you have do you know what the nutitional value might be in comparison to oaten/grassy?
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
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crap i mean sporgham
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lol i have no idea what it is but your typo made me laugh
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you mean sorghum?
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:13 PM   #5
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ah crap.. well i spose considering i cant even spell it i shouldnt bother with buying it!! hahahaha
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poisonous for horses
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How is it poisionous for Horses?

post 1m growth they are fine Very high in levels of Vit b17 - and in high levels can be toxic.

But like anything else - must be fed in the appropriate amounts.

Their is absolutely no harm in feeding sorghum grain
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then here is the info the op will need to determine which one it is and how it should be harvested correctly to feed to horses....not worth the risk in my book with the other hays available that have little risk

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Sorghum and Sudan Grass

Sorghum and Sudan Grass, both of which can be effective as livestock feed when grown, harvested and cured correctly, can produce cyanide poisoning when improperly managed. After a hard frost or trampling, prussic acid can build up in new growth which grazing horses are likely to seek out. The effects of this poisoning is the same as with choke cherries.

Other problems associated with grazed or improperly baled sorghum and sudan grasses include urinary tract complications, causing thick and viscous urine and bladder infections. Signs of such problems may appear as buildup inside the horse's hind legs. If left untreated, the infection can become fatal. Pregnant mares may abort or give birth to deformed foals.

There are species of sorghum which are developed especially for animal feed, and we have fed them with great success. However, when feeding sorghum to horses, one should be certain what kind of sorghum is being grown and that the grower knows how to properly manage, cure and bale the crop. Unless you really know what you are doing, letting your horse graze on growing sorghum or sudan grass can be a risky proposition.
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Sorghum grasses include sudangrass, johnsongrass, hybrid forage sorghums, and grain sorghums. Here we consider all classes of forage sudangrasses and associated hybrids the same. In reality, there may be some without the toxicity syndrome problems
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I do agree with you ghost - their are certainly more things out their that are potentially more availiable than sorghum that are easier to feed

The managment of feeding sorghum pasture is higher than other pastures
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ok great thanks guys... i just saw it was quite readily available from a variety of places around here so thought i would ask

oh and thanks to whichever mod changed the title for me
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