We put in a new hayfield this summer and used oats for a cover crop. We mowed and baled the oats just before heading out. My question: Is this oat hay nutritionally good enough for the ewes who are on maintenance? I read someplace that oat hay has about 15% protein. I have been supplementing with a few fresh oats, about 1/2 # per ewe once a day. They are also on pasture, however since it has cooled off here there isn't much. Ewes seem a bit thin, I do need to worm them and will this weekend. The x dairy guy who does my hay said he feed oat hay to his dry heifers so I thought it may be ok for the ewes. I can add corn if need to but feel like I should wait until I start flushing them out. I also have 32 head of lambs. Would this hay be sufficient for them? I will be taking out the heavier ones (10) next weekend to sell and will need to feed the rest out and really don't want to use my good alfalfa hay. Thanks for any info, especially if you've used oat hay before.