dollar value, hay, cost
This is a question being asked more and more due to more dairies buying hay, volatile grain markets, and adverse weather conditions. Hay is an important contributor of protein, energy, fiber and other nutrients to the rations of dairy cattle, from claves to lactating cows. As such, its dollar and feeding value can not be overlooked, especially when trying to maximize income over feed costs to enhance the overall profitability of a farm operation.
Cassel, E. Kim, "Estimating the Dollar Value of Hay" (1996). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 112.