Mustard (brown, yellow and Oriental) is a common hay crop. Mustard hay typically averages 50 to 55 percent total digestible nutrients (TDN) and 10 to 12 percent crude protein (CP).
However, Cambridge Feeds are aware that nutrient content can vary, so our supplies undergo nutrient analysis for quality control.
Our suppliers’ mustard crops tend to be cut from the plant’s early podding stage, just after the flowers have dropped and when lower leaves are also starting to drop to ensure peak quality.
Mustard does not dry down rapidly, so the good timing of harvesting during lower climatic moisture levels whenever possible ensures the best possible bale production. Also, crimping allows for more uniform drying too, which builds in resilience to degradation.
Our network of high-quality silage producers has blended small grains and mustard together to good effect.
Mustard hay or silage should be limited to 60 per cent or less of the dry component of the animal diet. Scouring (diarrhoea) and hemolytic anaemia have been reported when higher levels of nutrients have been fed to sheep and horses, for instance. Mustard also can risk accumulated nitrate in animals, so to ensure your livestock and animals are protected against nitrate poisoning and have complete confidence in our range, please check out guidance on balanced diets.