Fodder King Lucerne Hay Grades
Grade Protein % Energy
MJ of
Me/kg*
Digestibility
DDM %
Typical range of appearance**
Choice >19 - 26 >9.5 - 11.5 >65 - 78 Dry, with no weather damage;
free from mould and other fungi;
free from damage caused by heating in storage;
inside colour mainly green;
little bleaching;
high leaf to stem ratio;
minimum leaf loss;
fine stemmed;
free of grass, and free of weed and foreign matter.
Prime >16 - 19 >8.5 - 9.5 >60 - 65 Dry, minimal weather damage;
free from mould and other fungi;
free from damage caused by heating in storage;
inside colour mainly green;
some bleaching, minimal leaf loss;
coaser stem acceptable;
less than 5% grass; and
minimal weeds and foreign matter.
Medium >12 - 16 >7.5 - 8.5 >54 - 60 Dry, some weather damage;
free from mould and other fungi;
minimal damage caused by heating in storage;
inside colour green to light brown;
some bleached striping (weather damage);
some leaf loss;
thick stem acceptable;
less than 10% grass and few seed heads; and
minimal weeds and foreign matter.
Budget >9 - 12 >7.0 - 7.5 >50 - 54 Dry, some weather damage;
free from mould and other fungi;
minimal damage caused by heating in storage;
inside colour mottled green and light brown;
bleached striping (weather damage);
moderate leaf loss allowable;
thick stem acceptable;
less than 20% grass and some seed heads; and
some weeds and foreign matter allowable.
Stock under 9 under 7 under 50 Some weather damage present;
possible mould or other fungi;
possible damage caused by heating in storage;
inside colour mottled green and brown;
little leaf remaining;
stemmy;
grassy with generally many-awned seed heads; and
some weeds and foreign matter allowable.
* Megajoules of metbolisable energy per kilogram
** The grading of hay is based on nutrition test results. Appearance is not a reliable guide to the nutritional value of hay. Appearance can vary within a batch and from batch to batch and may vary from the typical range outlined. Each batch of Fodder King Hay is core sampled and nutritionally tested in accordance with Australian Fodder Industry Association guidelines.

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