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    01-07-2010, 07:04 AM
I do NOT feed round bales mostly because how my property set up (just no space to keep them plus I have just 2 picky horses who throw too much hay around). But from what I was told by hay person the best way to go is to keep them on wooden racks (I use similar in my sheds for the square bales) and cover them with tarp. Also if you feed round bales it's a really good idea to give a botulism shot (that's a suggestion from several horse people and 2 vets I talked too).

My hay guy doesn't keep the hay - whether you pay him or not (I asked). You get it or loose it. Lol! So I try to buy everything before Jan (got bales just before NY).
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    01-07-2010, 07:37 AM
About the straw I have a little pony called Patch he would eat anything you put in front of him. He once grabbed my ham roll off my and chomped it down but the one thing he won't eat is straw lol
    01-07-2010, 08:00 AM
Wheat Straw - Straw is used extensively in the Dairy industry to "cut" the protein on alfalfa and for its bacterial innoculation. Basically, it is like yogart, the good flora on the straw help the digestive system in the cattle. There is nothing wrong with feeding straw as a filler for your horses; straw quality is like hay quality - some is good, some is poor. Most guys baling wheat straw don't care as they are baling either bedding material or erosion control. And yes the dairy industry grinds the straw into a TMR wagon thus creating a "Total Mixed Ration" for the animal to eat. Many horses will eat straw, some may not - a lot of it depends on the quality of the straw.
Round bales are designed to be handled with a tractor, not by pushing them - it is very easy to bust a disc in your back pushing on a 800-1500lb bale of hay - STUPID!
Storing rd bales outside is not a big deal in the arid west or the north, this is not an option in the east or the south, we get way too much rain and our snows are wet, not dry.
    01-07-2010, 08:09 AM
Pushing a round bale of hay is not hard if it doesn't have flat spots, which mine never do.Yes they do wiegh 800-1500 lbs.I have no problem doing it, we roll it off the back of a pick-up truck every week when we get one, yeah you can throw out your back but if done right you'll be ok, not suggesting everyone do this, but hey gotta do what has to be done...jmo
    01-07-2010, 09:32 AM
Originally Posted by Crimsonhorse01    
I have my Other Half move the bale with his flat bed. I don't know if you have one or if someone else does. He just backs up and pushes the bale. I so wish we had a tractor!
This is what we do. Not to bad if you have 2 people to roll it off.
    01-07-2010, 10:03 AM
Green Broke
I'm lucky that I have a guy down the road that cuts our hay fields (we don't use them) and then gives us a roundbale for free when we want it. He has several large tractors and seeing as we don't have anything bigger than an F250 truck, that works out perfectly!

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