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When feeding livestock through the winter months knowing the quality of the feed is important.  Hay quality can determine several things, including price and how much to feed.  Valorie Tate, Field Specialist in Agronomy for the University of Missouri Extension says Hay sampling and quality testing are important.

Tate says several factors influence the quality of the hay.

Tate suggests contacting your local extension office for more information on hay sampling methods and how to adjust the feed rations based on the results.