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        06-05-2010, 01:27 PM
    Newbe questions about hay

    I've always been on a cattle farm and now I have a horse on here to worry about feeding also. My plan was to just pick the best second cutting field I have to get the hay to feed her, Anything else I need to do? My best fields are similar to most people's average fields, the ground here isn't the best quality. It's a fairly even mix of alfalfa, timothy, clover, and weeds.

    Next question, should it be drier or processed differently compared to what I've always done? I usually just let it sit in the field until it's dry then bale it. I try to let it dry as much as possible, going by the theory that I'd rather have it a little too dry than have it a little too damp and end up with mold.

    Next question, What about clover? All the fields get seedied differently when it's their rotation, and the ones that get clover come in perfect. The first year they're straight clover, no weeds or anything. I would think that would be too much for a horses digestive tract, and I should just leave those bales for the cows.

    For refrence I feed round bales in the barn, so adding a flake of something different isn't really an option for me. I don't have a square baler and can't justify the cost of buying a new one. I could have my neighbor bale me a few bales though, we've been talking about our options and how we would work out that deal to benifit both of us.

    Thanks for all the help.

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