Nutritional Value of
Perennial Peanut Hay
MiBek Farms provides Certified SC Grown perennial peanut hay to animal owners who understand and appreciate forage quality. Our square bales weigh about 55-65 lbs. and are dense with green leaves and fine stems making it highly nutritional and palatable for pets and livestock. Our customers report that there is rarely any waste to clean up because the animals eat every leaf!
Hay analyses from Clemson University, have shown our perennial peanut to have a relative feed value (RFV) of 197-200 and total digestible nutrient (TDN) value of 65. According to hay quality guidelines from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, these values are greater than those required for alfalfa hay to be classified as “Supreme.” (Less than 1% of all hay sold is designated as supreme.) The crude protein levels tested 13-14%, less than the 16-20% protein levels often found in alfalfa. The lower protein levels in perennial peanut are preferred by many horse owners who say too much protein makes their horses “act crazy”. To view the USDA’s Hay Quality Guidelines click here.
No Blister Beetle
Another feature of perennial peanut is that it is relatively free from diseases and insects eliminating the need for fungicides and insecticides. Perennial peanut is not a host for the blister beetle which can occur in stands of alfalfa. When blister beetles are ingested by horses, the effects can be toxic or fatal.
Feeding Perennial Peanut Hay to Horses
Feeding perennial peanut hay is like feeding a concentrate, not from a bag, but in the preferred roughage form. According to research from the University of Florida, “perennial peanut hay is best used as a supplemental feed to other feeds such as grass hay. For example, a mature 1,000 pound, light activity horse (two hours or less riding per day) in good condition eating 16 to 20 pounds per day requires about one pound of protein and ten pounds of total digestible nutrients (TDN; energy) per day. This requirement can be met with 14 to 16 pounds of bermudagrass hay plus two to four pounds of perennial peanut hay per day.”
To learn more about the forage nutritional composition and feeding value of perennial peanut hay, please refer to the complete article from the University of Florida by clicking here.
Please contact us about price and availability of MiBek Farms Perennial Peanut Hay.